Saturday, December 1, 2012

Sizzix Holiday Blog Hop

Hello everyone! Today we are having a Sizzix Holiday blog hop, with both the US and European Sizzix Design Teams. So there is going to be a lot of Christmas crafting inspiration! Don't miss checking out all the projects. And there are prizes to be won! 

I made a mini-book, using the House Album die as my base, and there are many surprises on the inside, namely pop-ups. I used a lot of different dies.

This house album would work for lots of different topics, not only for Christmas. The title translates 'Christmas 2011'. This is a very long post, especially since pop-ups are quite photo heavy, otherwise you don't really see the effect.

Here you see it at an angle with all the house shaped pages inside. I took a few photos while creating the covers.

Attach kraft resist Christmas paper to one side of white mat board, then cut out the parts of the house. Cut two of the structures, with the kraft resist paper at the back of each one.

Ink the white mat board with red distress inks. Mat board inks beautifully. You actually don't need to ink the roof parts, because they will be covered up.

Dry with a heat gun, then stamp a woodgrain pattern on the houses. Paint the chimney black.

Die cut the roofs from kraft cardstock and stamp with a texture stamp and white paint. Always clean stamps immediately after having stamped with paint.

I cover the lower part of house (below the roof) with Tim Holtz's new Frosted Film. This gives a great subtle shimmer to the house, and also protects the covers from dirty little fingers.

Die cut inside pages from kraft resist cardstock.

The white parts were covered with Crackle Accents and when dry I added some snow with Enamel Accents, also adding some to the chimney. The heart was inked red, stamped with a snowflake stamp and covered with Glossy Accents.

This heart was inked with Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap, misted with Biscotti Perfect Pearls mist and then stamped with alphabet stamps. I used a piece of kraft resist for the door, and covered up the '25' of the paper with letter stickers, also coated with Glossy Accents. In Sweden, the main family day of Christmas is Christmas Eve.

On the back, I just stamped a sentiment and some snowflakes.

I used photos from last year's Christmas photo shoot with my son, I had developed them all, but not scrapped them yet. It's the same photos that I used on my Floating Floor pop-up tutorial from a few days ago. I decided to keep the insides relatively simple, using mainly kraft, red, and black.

For some of the sentiments I used a stamp with Swedish Christmas songs, cutting the titles of the different songs out. Lots of stamping too of course. From scraps of the patterned papers I used, I die cut a lot of stars, and different hearts. The secret inside the album, are the pop-ups, turn the flap to the left and you find this:

I used a whole bunch of Karen Burniston's Hearth & Home Pop 'n Cuts dies. Pop-ups aren't only for cards, but can add a real fun interactive element to mini-books and layouts. It is also a great place to add extra photos or journaling. This is the Square Ornate 3-D Frame pop-up.

Here you see it better from the side. The frame is a perfect place for a little photo.

Here you can see how it opens up.

I also used the new Bell Jar w/Pedestal die, cut it from a left over piece of acetate that had already been stamped with Platinum Stazon ink, painted a bit of white around the edges and placed a cut out photo inside.

Here's a little pine tree, a tattered banner and more hearts. If you lift the flap to the left, you find this:

Love this pop-up die and it looks great with the coordinating Sizzlits 'Love', forming a perfect matte.

The little shelf on these pop-ups is a great place for sentiments, this one comes from Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Words set. The little heart comes from the Love set die too, it's got the sweetest shape.

The frame was cut with Karen's Bracket Frame & Label die, which was the perfect size for my mini-book. The stamped text reads 'Santa is resting'.

Tim Holtz's new Holiday Wreath was die cut from ledger paper and I added some white pen marks to define the leaves. The bow was die cut from kraft core and sanded lightly. You don't always have to mount pop-up on another sheet of paper. Here the star of the pop-up shows on the outside too, since I didn't mount it on another paper. When you lift the flap, you see this:

The Star 3-D pop-up is a perfect place for another photo and some more stamping.

The star looks like this at the back. The stars from the Party Set coordinate perfectly with it.

The Fancy Frame, frames another little photo. I didn't mount the ribbon tree pop-up on another paper either, but had to trim the sides a bit to make it fit into the album. It is tucked in under a star, so that it won't fall open on its own.

Here's the tree when it is open, popping up from the page.

The trees come from the Tree Line die and behind the flap hides another pop-up.

Love this Noel 3-D pop-up. The 'noel' from the Sizzlits coordinating set was die cut from red and glued on top. I added some Rock Candy Stickles too, for shine.

And some stamped sentiments.

I used the left-over inside label from the Bracket frame here.

Again, the Poinsettia pop-up was not mounted on another paper, but shows on the outside too. I cut papers from the coordinating Noel Sizzlits Set. The Poinsettia was cut from kraft core cardstock, sanded and stamped. The page on the right was inked with Picket Fence Distress Stain because I wanted the resist pen nibs to show. You could have done this on the entire album too.

Here you can see the poinsettia pop-up, with another photo.

You could add layers of Poinsettia leaves, but I didn't want too much dimension in the album, since it is pretty chunky as is already.

The last page and the back cover, here the little Santa was starting to get tired of the photo shoot. I am so glad I got these photos scrapped before developing this year's photos.

Here's the line up for the day, make sure you check them all out to get some truly festive inspiration.

Tammy Tutterow
Paula Pascual
Amy Friend
Elina Strömberg
Anna-Karin Evaldsson (me)
Loredana Bucaria
Gretchen Schmidt
Hilary Kanwischer
Jan Hobbins
Jeanne Streiff
Tammy Roberts
Tiffany Johnson

Thank you so much for looking!

Happy Christmas crafting!


Stamps: Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz: Mini Holidays, Mini Holidays 2, Mini Holidays 4, Classics #9, Classics #10, Holiday Wishes, Christmas Time, Wallpaper & Wood, Ultimate Grunge; Artistic Outpost: MidWinter, Frosty & Friends, Snowy Woods; Hero Arts: Starry Sky S5448, Merriest Christmas Wishes CG377, Classic Holly CG229, Printer's Lowercase alphabet stamps; Impression Obsession: Star background; Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Words; Reprint: Julefrid; Inkywings julsånger; FancyPants sentiment; Prima train stamp
Surfaces: Sizzix Little Sizzles mat board;Tim Holtz Idea-ology Christmas Kraft Resist, Frosted Film; 7Gypsies Postale Ledger; Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium 8x8; BasicGrey 6x6 pads Aspen Frost, Nordic Holiday, and more; MME Lost & Found Christmas; BoBunny dot paper; Core'dinations Tim Holtz kraft core cardstock
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black; Distress Ink:  Festive Berries, Barn Door, Aged Mahogany, Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap; Stazon Platinum ink
Stain: Distress Stain Picket Fence
Stickles: Rock Candy Distress Stickles
Paint: Adirondack Snow Cap and Pitch Black
Mist: Ranger Biscotti Perfect Pearls mist
Other mediums: Ranger Glossy Accents, Crackle Accents, Enamel Accents; Claudine Hellmuth matte multi medium
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Trimmings; lace trim


  1. wow what a fabulous project - this would be such a great Christmas gift for someone in the family who perhaps isn't around too often so they remain connected.

  2. THUD!! That is me falling right out of my chair. This is the most amazing project I have ever seen. WOW!!!!

  3. Your mini-album is amazing! Love how you showed all the details on the cover including the stamping. I love all the details of the inside also!

  4. WOW!!!I really love your blog!!I was searching for something special for Christmas and i finally find it here!!thank you so much!:)

  5. WOW AGAIN! This is ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS. All the work that went into this so so creative piece is just wonderful. Seriously well done! Nicola x

  6. YOU Are just Amazing this is over the top special and perfect...Love everything about this creation!!!

  7. What a great house. I do one for every season!

  8. Wow! You spent a lot of time making this Christmas house. It's wonderful. And you are wonderful for sharing your craftsmanship. Thank you.

  9. Goodness gracious, this is amazing and so detailed!

  10. Absolutely wonderful! Not only is your album a treasure for you and your family, but also a fantastic display of ways to use those dies. There are several I might buy now that I've seen your album, that I might not of thought of before. Sizzix should thank you!

  11. AMAZING work!!! I love every single one of your projects! Each one packs QUITE a punch!

  12. super cute! I love the idea of using Pop n Cut's in a mini album! Awesome!

  13. Quel superbe travail et le résultat est magnifique ! j'espère un jour avoir autant de talent pour réaliser un article pareil ! Que de détails, c'est fabuleux. Bravo !

  14. what a beautiful little mini album for all your xmas memories!! it is so lovely!!

  15. If this isn't the cutest, thing I ever saw...I don't know, what is!! :) This is just stunning!!

  16. What a darling mini book. The popups are amazing. Thanks for sharing. Love framelits but those popups are looking really good. Thanks

  17. OMG!!That's awesome! Love everything on it! There are so much inspirations and techniques on this album. Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas! love! love! love it!!!

  18. Fabulous album! So many great details to it, and the pop ups are amazing!

  19. What a delightful album! I loved all the different things you did with the pages. And the finish you gave the outside of the house (the book covers) are really perfect!


  20. Wow-you are amazing.This has so many beautiful details and layers-incredible inspiration.I'm thinking it would not be too hard to use the house die to make a real little house.

  21. amazing and gorgeous, love this album. the popups are wonderful in it, and the pictures are adorable too. beautiful layering and thanks you for the pics during the creation, always helpful, and thank you the inspiration.

  22. Wow, what a fabulous mini album. You did use tons of dies and textures and fun stuff! Love it all!

  23. This is so awesome. I am going to start using my pop ups more!!!

  24. I LOVE tihs album! The house is so sweet and pop ups are fantastic!

  25. WOW!!! Totally fabulous album!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. What a wonderful mini-album, a gorgeous keepsake... beautifully designed, perfectly executed! Another dream project, Anna-Karin...
    Alison x

  27. Anna-Karin, this book is amazing!! I can't believe how much work you put into the inside, every page gorgeous!

  28. Anna-Karin, this is amazing!! I can't imagine the work that went into it. I think I could look at it all day long and not see all the wonderful details. Wow!

    BTW, my Sizzix project this week is a bit similar - I thought I had the world record for most dies used, but I think we might have tied. ;-)

  29. I love everything about this project! I am fond of the house shape! What a great choice of dies in the other pages too! bravo!

  30. WOW! you are brilliant!
    talk about lovely inspiration.
    Thank you!
    Sandra ltb

  31. Amazing! I am almost speechless. Not only is the minibook a wonderfully crafted piece, your tutorial is well written along with the step by step photos. I truly hope to someday make a copy. Taks for the inspiration. God Jul.

  32. What a wonderful Mini Album. I love the House shape, the Tim Holtz paper, The red woodgrain, the pop-ups, everything about this album. So wonderful!

  33. Holy moly! A fantastic project!!! You did such a great job...must have taken forever but so worth it. Just gorgeous. GIves lots of new ideas for using the pop ups!



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