Hello, Karen Burniston with you here today! Are you ready for my monthly Pop 'n Cuts Designer Challenge? Last month I challenged my designer friends to post projects using Pop 'n Cuts Label & Frame inserts and the results were extraordinary.
This month I issued a similar challenge and asked them to make a card using one of the ten Pop 'n Cuts Imagery inserts. Here are the inserts included in the challenge:
Before I send you around the web to check out the amazing projects using these dies, let me show you a new project from me along with a video tutorial.
If you're like me, the sweltering days of August put you in the mood for . . . Christmas! Here's an idea for how to create a floating floor for the Ribbon Tree insert to allow for additional pop-up items on the floor. Watch the video at the top of this post to see how easy it is to create a card using this technique.
Here are the measurements from the video for making the Floating Floor:
Other supplies: Card Shoppe Cardstock - Bazzill, Glitter Paper - Stampin' Up!, Stamps - Hero Arts, Other - ribbons
I highly encourage clicking on the "See it here" links below for additional photos and supply lists for these creations. In some cases you'll find full tutorials, videos of the cards in action, etc.
Let's start in England, where Caz and Helen have been crafting about their gardens.
In Caroline "Caz" Counsell's first creation, (See it here: In my Garden Shed) she sets the scene with the Pop 'n Cuts Chair insert inside her garden shed, complete with cozy flooring, (Uh oh! someone tracked in some mud!), a comfy throw over the back of the chair, and a pretty kitty checks out the scene through the window. There are so many beautiful details in this card! As a bonus, Caz also posted a lovely Butterfly Window card on this same post.
In Caz's second creation, (See it here: In the Garden) she moves the chair outside and styles the chair as a wicker look. Caz credits Chris Peterson of Calla Lily Studio for the chair inspiration. (See Chris's version here: Pop 'n Cuts Garden Chair) I love all the details again, like the grass/flowers attached to the front legs of the chair and the kite flying in the background.
The designers don't consult with each other ahead of time, so it's a surprise and delight when they are inspired to make similarly-themed cards. The beauty of die cutting is that two people can have the same general idea using the same Pop 'n Cuts dies, but the results are so different. Helen Cryer also made a garden-themed pop-up chair card (See it here: Pop 'n Cuts Garden Chair) but chose to use a woodgrain chair, added her signature bunting to the background, and created an adorable gnome/flower/garden theme in the front.
Caz also made a card using the Poinsettia insert. (See it here: Pop 'n Cuts Flower Die) She styled the poinsettia as an anytime flower for use all year long. So pretty!
Anna-Karin Evaldsson has created a textural masterpiece with her Coffee Card. (See it here: Coffee Mug Pop-up Card) that includes so many techniques your head will be spinning. Notice the clever use of shrink plastic for her inside greeting.
Don't drink coffee? No problem, Donna Wright has a fabulous card showing the mug styled with hot chocolate. Her technique for creating the squares in the candy bar is very clever. (See it here: Chocolate Pop 'n Cuts Mug)
But wait! If you're not much into hot drinks how about a frothy mug of cold beer? Donna Wright made this clever card for her husband's 40th birthday, adding the Flagpole Sizzlits as well. So many fun masculine details in this card. (See it here: Happy Birthday Pop 'n Cuts Mug)
Remember when I mentioned that the designers don't consult? Well here's another example of some fabulous mind meld. Fran and Raquel both styled the Stampin' Up! Dress Form as a witch!
First up, let's look at Fran Sabad's creation. The witch is quite stylish with owl-ear shoulders (they're all the rage this season!) and a glittery bodice. There are so many elements making up this spooky scene that all come together just perfectly. Love that green frothy potion! (See it here: Bewitched Pop 'n Cuts)
While both witches are stylish, I tend to think that Raquel's witch is more bloodthirsty. She's not messing around when it comes to her witch's brew, which contains eyes, spiders, plenty of poisons and a bone. Plus there's blood dripping down the wall. This witch should NOT be trifled with! Raquel used a floating floor to animate her cauldron and cat. (See it here: Halloween Pop 'n Cuts)
Joining the Designer Challenge this month for the first time is Frances Byrne, from Australia. Frances has been posting a lot of Pop 'n Cuts cards on her blog (See them here: Pop 'n Cuts cards) and I am smitten with the way she adds so much depth and layers through her use of stamps and colors. For the challenge she also chose to use the Stampin' Up! Exclusive Dress Form Insert but styled it in a completely unique way as a baking card. The details are incredible! I hope she will join me for next month's challenge as well! (See her card here: Sweet as Pie)
NOTE: The Stampin' Up! Exclusive Pop 'n Cuts can be purchased through a local demonstrator. Find one in your area: Find a Demonstrator
Shelly Hickox always amazes me with her mixed media techniques. For this card you won't be able to see the insert because she cut the Star insert out of a clear material to use it just for the mechanism to be able to animate a glittery Eiffel Tower. How cool are those banners and the wavy flag?! The front of her card is equally amazing. (See it here: Bon Anniversaire)
These final two inspiration cards use a new imagery insert in the upcoming Snippets collection, available at Sizzix retailers in September 2013.
Kelly Booth helped me out with some CHA samples, including this beauty using the *NEW* House insert and matching Thinlits for decorating. The Thinlits die can be optionally embossed by using a Silicone and Impressions pad, resulting in the brickwork and wood slats on the front of the house. (See it here: More CHA Samples)
Gretchen Schmidt also used the House insert for this cute Dog House card (See it here: Hi Card) featuring some of her favorite Lawn Fawn stamps, one of which is styled to look just like her dog, Daisy. She cut off the chimney and cut her own door shape. Gretchen also used a border from the new Banner & Borders Thinlits, also coming in the Snippets collection.
Once again, a huge Thank You! to my designer friends who accepted the challenge and posted such wonderful inspiration on their blogs. Need more Pop 'n Cuts inspiration? I post everything I find around the web using Karen Burniston dies to my Pinterest Boards.
See you next month with another Pop 'n Cuts Designer Challenge!