Stamp School 18: Problems with Pop-ups? & Whimsicle Watercolor!

Howdy friend! Today I am remaking the birthday card I gave my sister last weekend.


It was a pop-up card and she loved it (so it was totally worth the time an aggravation LOL!) I thought “Hey, this will go so much easier the second time I make it because I can do everything correctly now and I can show you how to do it right…

…not exactly, watch the video to see how it really went down.

Then it occurred to me that this is how many mechanical cards go, even with fancy dies or equipment there is still quite a bit if figuring and fussing to be done. It is kinda fun actually. I really wanted to post this video, awkward parts and all, to show you that things can be a challenge for everyone, even people who have been card-making for years.


That watercolor crayon technique though, that was cool and easy, eh? You must try it. You can do just about the same thing with your watercolor pencils too, experiment with what you have. Speaking of, you don’t need fancy dies to make pop ups, it can make it easier but all you really need is an xacto knife to cut the slits and tabs. Not that I am slighting the Stampendous dies in the least, they are fantastic (but their stamps are even better so if you have to pick and choose the stamps are always more versatile.)



  • 1/2 sheet of heavy cardstock cut the long way and scored in half. I am using Recollections 110#
    cardstock weight pattern paper cut 10 1/2″x4″ for pop up insert (you can use other pattern paper for accent too!)
  • Watercolor paper: one panel 4″x5 1/2″ for card front and some for stamping jar and flowers (I used Canson XL)
  • Watercolor crayons (I used Lyra but any brand is fine-you can even try pencils or paints!)
  • Build a Bouquet stamp from Stampendous *Dies also available NOTE!!! These are out of stock many places but Hallmark scrapbook is getting more in and they have the lowest prices on Stampendous cling stamps and dies I have seen! (Affiliate link)
  • Pop Up Dies from Stampendous
  • Scissors, double-sided tape, hot glue

I think in hindsight that the flower pop-up card is more difficult to do that other designs that have smaller, less jagged pieces but I just love that set and wanted to use it. Feel free to adapt it to your tastes. Let me know if you attempt this design or if you plan to use the watercolor technique and til next time happy crafting!

Cell Phones, Pumpkins and Swimming {oh my!}

Apparently for a couple of weeks, and maybe as long as a month, my cell phone has not been working. I discovered this yesterday. I was planning one of my crazy, last-minute, kids-are-out-of-school fun days and I had called a few moms to join me at the local indoor pool. I love swimming in October because I’m not the only pasty white broad in a bathing suit! Anyway, I decided to charge my phone (I try to do that every few weeks) and lo and behold id had no service, huh. Come to think of it I can’t remember the last time the thing rang (a statement of my vast popularity) or the last time I tried to make a call on it (a statement of my typical antisocial behavior) but gee, I like to have it in the car in the case of an emergency. Ah well, enough of that, I did not have much time to be crafty this weekend but I thought I would share a card I made for the October issue of Scrap & Stamp Arts, you might have seen it in my (ahem)…column?


You might still be able to snag a copy of the October issue on newsstands, if not you can order a copy if you like. I used Vintage Pumpkin stamps from Pink Persimmon on this card. I made the honeycomb paper pop up out of plain tissue paper. If you want to see how you can check out my video here of read the article! Better yet, do both and keep a writer employed!


Pop-ups are fun, don’t you think?


I can’t honestly say that I am upset that my cell phone is not working, I like my quiet and solitude. I don’t like to be interrupted and I don’t like to chit-chat while running errands or have my face buried in a gadget rather than living my experiences first hand.  Sometimes I feel like walking up to someone who has their face buried in a phone, who is not paying attention to their surroundings, grabbing their wallet and saying “look, I could have just mugged you, pay attention!” Especially to young women who will walk out to their car, in a dark parking lot, while texting. Don’t you see what an easy target you are?!? As for driving and phone usage, that is the reason I hate to call anyones cell phone, I don’t want to be responsible for a 10 car pile up because someone wants to talk while driving. I want no part of it. I once read (Okay, okay I listened to the audiobook) Stephen King’s  Cell a delightfully creepy postapocalyptic romp where an electronic pulse causes everyone using a cell phone to lose their minds and act like violent zombies. Cell phone not working, not a bad thing. Sorry bout the tirade, mainly I wanted to let anyone know who tried to call me over the past month that I was not ignoring you, just technically clueless enough to realize my phone was incapacitated, next time send me an email, call my landline or better yet, just leave me a comment on my blog. Til next time happy crafting:)

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