Friday, November 16, 2012

Festive Friday - Paper Crafts Blog Hop...

Don't you love surprises? Don't you love FUN surprises? (Because let's face it: surprises like a spider in your bathtub... those ones aren't fun). Well, today I have a pretty fun surprise...


Paper Crafts is releasing a new super fun special issue this week, called Die Cutting for Paper Crafters... an entire issue devoted to creative and innovative ways to use your dies... imagine how thrilled I was when I was asked to participate! Trust me when I tell you this issue is *full* of amazing inspiration.


I am super excited to be participating in a blog hop celebrating the release of this issue, along with a group of wonderfully talented designers. You should have arrived here from Mary Dawn Quirindongo's blog. If not, you can always go back to the Paper Crafts Connection blog, and start at the beginning!

For today's hop, we were challenged to use our dies to cut through something other than paper. Because why should paper get all the fun? When you start to use your dies on other materials, you expand your crafting arsenal - and we all love it when we have more stuff to play with, right?


For today's card, I chose to work with some self-adhesive, glittery fun foam... you know the stuff. Your kids build all kinds of bookmarks and door hangers with this stuff. I had some on hand (I wish I could tell you it belonged to my girls, but no... I am a magpie girl, and couldn't resist it's sparkly beauty during a trip to the craft store!), and it cuts like butter.


And since this sheet was self-adhesive, I could cut it with an intricate die, and it still stuck to my project easily, and cleanly!


I just ran my sandwich through my Big Shot the same as I would with paper, since the foam is spongey. I also ran it back and forth a couple of times to make sure I got a nice, clean cut... 

So, since we agreed that fun surprises are the best kind, how about another one? Paper Crafts has generously offered one of these issues to one of YOU! All you have to do is leave a comment on my post before Tuesday, November 20th, and you're in the running!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and don't forget to hop to your next stop... the incredibly talented Vanessa Menhorn!

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110 comments:

Brenda said...

Fabulous card. Love the glittery fun foam snowflake.

maria f. said...

Sparkly fun foam??? Cool. And extra good that it's light and doesn't mean extra postage or breaking the sorting machines!

Jean said...

So elegant!

Scrapthat said...

Very pretty! TFS

Sandi said...

Never thought of craft foam. My mind is spinning. thanks

Elise C. said...

This is so cute! I like the glitter foam that you used! I might have to get some on my next craft shopping trip!

Mandi said...

Stunning card. Perfect for Christmas.

Geri said...

Gorgeous, Meredith! Love the dimension the sparkly foam gives the pretty snowflake! Such a pretty backdrop for the rest of your dies and sentiment! Lovely layers, too, as always!

pcm said...

what a great idea! why limit fun foam to the kids?

Elizabeta Kushner said...

Lovely! :)

Megan Aaron said...

omg that is fun foam?! love it!

Angela Fehr said...

This is beautiful, Meredith!

Maureen said...

how exciting, Meredith! Yes, this is a GOOD surprise! LOVE the glittery snowflake. You are a girl after my own heart :)

Marge said...

LOVE that GORGEOUS sparkly snowflake card AND your fun sense of humor -- Hee! Thanks so much for a chance to win this must-have issue and IF I win, I'll take care of that spider in your bathtub for ya!!! ;~)

TLady said...

WHERE ARE THE COMMENTS???? This is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVELY!!!!!!!! Has a VINTAGE FLAIR to it too!!!!!!! (My FAVORITE!) :) LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE the idea of using the Fun Foam!!!!! AND SPARKLY TOO??? LOOOOOVE IT!!!!!!!!! :)I believe I'll be LOOKING for SPARKLY FUN FOAM next time I go to the store!!!!!!! :)

Anne said...

This is such a pretty card. You have used all of the elements that I love. Thanks for the inspiration.

Nina Yang said...

Oh love how the glitter foam turned out! Love! Love!

Heather Sweet said...

Foam?! What a fantastic idea! And I'm like you, I can't resist sparkly things! Thanks for the inspiration. Beautiful card!

Houses Built of Cards said...

BEAUTIFUL!!! I love how well this cut - and your color combo is absolutely to die for! Gorgeous!

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Beastybunny said...

What a sparkly festive card! I love the dimension the fun foam gives to it. Fabulous!

Miriam Prantner said...

That fun foam looks fantastic, what a great idea! I am going to have to try this, I love the colors on your card too, so pretty and elegant!

pamela said...

Oh I haven't seen glitter foam in craft stores yet! But it's so perfect for the holidays!

Denise Bryant said...

Love the sparkle! Beautiful card! I didn't know the fun foam came with sparkles!
DeniseB

TheCraftPad.com said...

Beautiful! I love all the textures and the snowflake is my favorite.

Meghan said...

So clever! Love the use of glittery fun foam on a card!

PamSpradlin said...

Thanks for the idea about running the foam through a few times to make sure the snowflake gets cut. I might have been frustrated without this tip. I have it on my to-do list now to do. The card is beautiful and has so much dimension going on.

CraftyGirl Metzler said...

Love the BLING the glitter foam adds to the card.

CalibyCreations said...

Meredith, as a fellow magpie, I am now also getting out the glitter foam! My craft table is piled high with texturey stuff to die cut.

Pat said...

This is beautiful! I love all the sparkle and it's perfect for Christmas!

Cindy H. said...

Merideth, your card is so beautiful! Love your sparkly snowflake. I didn't even know that they made sparkly fun foam - where have I been!

Sue D said...

Very pretty and sparkly--I will have to check my fun foam stash!
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Natka said...

Hi Meredith! What a faboulos card! I lobe the glitter snowflake! Thanks for the inspiration!

Helen F. said...

Oh how absolutely beautiful, Meredith! I love your idea of die cutting on the glittery foam with the adhesive back, it sure makes it easier to adhere to the card base.
Thanks for sharing your creative talent :o)

bzyPTmom said...

Love your blingy foam snowflake--I don't think I have any of this sparkly fun foam, going to have to find some and give it a try!

Annette said...

wow how totally gorgeous... I love it

Virginia L. said...

such an exquisite design, Meredith! Love the glitter and layering!

coco said...

What a beautiful combination of elements! And you have just boosted fun foam to a new level of fabulous-ness!

Angi Rankin said...

Ok, I'm going to try this again! I tried to post a comment earlier, but it didn't work, and thete don't seem to be any other comments so...
I love your card!! Using fun foam is a great idea!! TFS!!!

CRAZY4 CHRIST said...

very pretty, love the glitter, i will have to try die cutting fun foam, love the stick pin!
Kristan
sierrababy08 at hotmail dot com

Barbara said...

What a great idea! I never would have thought of using that to die cut! It makes a beautiful addition to your lovely card!

Inkfanatic said...

Love how elegant & sparkly your card is! Well done!

Vera Yates (Ling) said...

Beautiful card, Meredith! Love all the details.

Regina said...

Wow I love it!!! Beautiful card!

Deirdre said...

Oh wow, stunning creation.

Amanda Coleman said...

Meredith, your card is so pretty and romantic! I love the touches of aqua with the red pom poms!

coolnana72 said...

Very nice card. I would have never thought to use craft foam. I will have to give it a try since I always have some around for my grandkids (and me ) to play with,

Pam said...

what a great idea! Your cared is so elegant! Thanks for sharing!
Pam

Ravengirl said...

I love your glittery fun foam! It looks so elegant!

cjgusloff57 said...

Very pretty card! I have not seen the sparkle fun foam, but I will be looking for some to make some snowflakes too!

Kre8tivK said...

Now, I have to get my hands on some glittery fun foam! I never knew it existed. Your card has so many beautiful layers. Thank you for sharing!

Lezlye said...

Simply Gorgeous! Would love to win the magazine!

Chris D. said...

Wow! Your card is stunning! Love that die cut foam snowflake - gorgeous!

Regina Hamilton said...

Wonderful card. I love the glittered fun foam snowflake. It work so well with the design of the card.

Charlene said...

I have never seen sparkle form your use of it on that card was so pretty. I am going to look for it on my next trip to the craft store.

Betty said...

Beautiful card! Love the colors! Thanks for sharing!

Noreen said...

What a great effect you get, layering the die cuts!

calamity jane said...

What a beautiful card!! I can't wait to try all of these new things!

Cynthia Rose said...

So many fun details on this card - thanks.

Peggy B said...

Beautiful card - beautiful snowflake! Thanks for your inspiration!

Lucy said...

Well, where have I been? I've never heard of glittered fun foam, maybe because I'm on a self-imposed spending diet this year. What a great way to get the effect without the mess. Thanks for the wonderful lead to a new product that will go on my list.

Lindsey said...

I haven't tried cutting fun foam yet -- thanks for the great idea! Love the glittery snowflake.

Katie said...

Wow, I have never heard of that before! Your snowflake looks awesome. Thanks for sharing.

Katie B.

Tona said...

I love all the layers and textures on your card!

Susan S. said...

I have some glitter foam, although it isn't self-adhesive, and snowflake dies for my Big Shot. I may have to try that tonight. Thanks for the inspiration!

Frann said...

Beautiful card! The foam cut really well. I'll have to try that.

Cissy Prestage said...

What a beautiful card! I've never used foam before, but you make it sound so easy, I sure want to try! The colors are gorgeous and the stick pin is the perfect finishing touch!
Thanks for letting me hop!
Hugs and sunshine,
Cissy

Kim W said...

Stunning card! Thanks for sharing!

Renee said...

I never thought to cut with that stuff, can't wait to try! Love this!

Amanda said...

Gorgeous! My 7yr. old son talked me n2 getting a multi-color pk. of Self-Adhesive Glitter Foam sheets not that long ago~lol~didn't even think of using my Cuttlekid's or Cricut Expression 2 cut it up;) Thanx~prhmangel(at)gmail(dot)com

Indy said...

Love all the layers and different textures! Especially love those pom-poms!

Ruth G said...

What a fun idea and a wonderful effect! Thanks for the tips and inspiration!

Kathy Mc said...

Meredith, you are a real enabler. Now I have to shop for some self-adhesive, glittery fun foam and a big snowflake die. Your card is just stunning with the doily, pom-pom trim, hat pins and sweet sentiment. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this fabulous looking magazine from PaperCrafts!

Kim H said...

wow didnt think the glitter foam woudl cut so nicely, it makes a beautiful die cut. the card is great, love all the textures and layering. thank you for sharing.

Loly Borda-Towery said...

Lovely card. I have never used glitter foam. Thanks for the inspiration and for the chance to win

skeeteror said...

Love your beautiful card! I never thought of using the glitter-foam!Thanks for the great idea! Can't wait to see this new issue! ~Bev~

Mary Bridges said...

I love the bling on your card! Thank you for the inspiration!

karenelr said...

I love the glitter craft foam--and the die you used--stunning! Great card, of course! Thank you for sharing with us!

Kris in Alaska said...

Hmmm... I think I have some fun foam around here somewhere! Great card!

Kris in Alaska
funamom@yahoo.com

SheriE. said...

That glitter snowflake is so pretty. I've die cut fun foam and it is fun.

Maryann said...

Your card is gorgeous. I just love that ornament on here and the way you put it all together looks awesome.

Lee said...

sparkly foam? very pretty ! thank you!

Michelle Pa said...

Oh wow I love your card it looks old world and that's the style I'm seriously into. It's so beautiful. I bought a huge sheet of foam to make my own stamps and you're right it does cut like butter. :)

Michelle Pa said...

I didn't know they made glitter foam thank you for even more items to put on my shopping list :)

Kimberly Rendino said...

So classy and sparkly! Pretty!

scrappingnana said...

Very pretty. Love how you can use different materials with your dies. Your glittery foam snowflake is awesome.

cheryl (clee') said...

Wonderful - it's like a card and an ornament all in one - gorgeous!

bjmartin said...

Glitter fun foam? Love it! I love the vintage feel and all your beautiful layers on this card!

Carol said...

So pretty! Love all the vintage details!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

Lynn Le5 said...

So much fun! Love the glittery snowflake.

paulettesprettypapercrafts said...

Oh, it's lovely. Why can't that sparkly foam be yours. It made a great snowflake and I love inexpensive embellishments that look expensive. I'll have to look at the glitter foam next time I shop. I have learned to use a couple of card stock or the side of a cereal box shim to eliminate having to make multiple passes on the machine because more than one pass gives me the halo cuts on the edge of the die. Wouldn't these glittery snowflakes be great as a refrigerator magnet too. I love the inspiration you have given me.

Pamela said...

Beautiful Card! I just love Christmas stuff!

Lisa Norstrom said...

Beautiful card, I have gained a new respect for fun foam! I love the stick pins, I can never find those anywhere. Thanks for the chance to win

zehra said...

Beautiful card

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

I LOVE this!!! I am a magpie too, and this just makes me so happy!!! Beautiful, and now I too can buy it guilt free hehehehe!

centralNYscrapper said...

Breathtaking card! I have not used foam (yet). Thanks for sharing the idea!

Emily H said...

Ooh! Very vintage! Love it!

Bluegrass Char said...

Glittery fun foam!!! Oh, my! Made for a gorgeous snowflake.

marylouh said...

Great card. I love my Big Shot as it cuts so many things and usually does a good job.

DonnaSue said...

Love the bling, the pompoms, the doily, oh my!

Sisters Craft Cafe said...

Beautiful card! love the textures and glitters.

Luanne

The Constant Scrapper said...

Your card is just gorgeous. The glittery snowflake pairs so beautifully with the doily and pompoms. Thank you for the inspiration and the giveaway!
Janice

Sarah Biswabic said...

Your card is beautiful!
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Julie S. said...

That looks so fancy for foam. Never would've guessed that's what you used. Love it.

Jennifer Hansen said...

Cute project!

jlh774 at gmail dot com

Lori Barnett said...

What a beautiful card!

Amy Jones #8546 said...

Gorgeous card. Wow...So much Beauty. I love it.

Agata said...

I understand why you couldn't resist this sparkly beauty! Gave such a lovely card!

Kim said...

So stunning!

Alanna said...

What an absolutely beautiful card.

maria mcclure said...

Gorgeous elements. Beautifully pulled together!

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