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!


  • Brenda
    November 16, 2012 11:41 am

    Fabulous card. Love the glittery fun foam snowflake.

  • maria f.
    November 16, 2012 11:47 am

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

  • Jean
    November 16, 2012 11:57 am

    So elegant!

  • Scrapthat
    November 16, 2012 12:29 pm

    Very pretty! TFS

  • Sandi
    November 16, 2012 1:33 pm

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

  • Elise C.
    November 16, 2012 1:35 pm

    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
    November 16, 2012 1:40 pm

    Stunning card. Perfect for Christmas.

  • Geri
    November 16, 2012 2:28 pm

    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
    November 16, 2012 2:33 pm

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

  • Elizabeta Kushner
    November 16, 2012 2:36 pm

    Lovely! 🙂

  • Megan Aaron
    November 16, 2012 2:47 pm

    omg that is fun foam?! love it!

  • Angela Fehr
    November 16, 2012 2:58 pm

    This is beautiful, Meredith!

  • Maureen
    November 16, 2012 3:11 pm

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

  • Marge
    November 16, 2012 3:11 pm

    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
    November 16, 2012 3:17 pm

    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
    November 16, 2012 3:25 pm

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

  • Nina Yang
    November 16, 2012 3:27 pm

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

  • Heather Sweet
    November 16, 2012 3:31 pm

    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
    November 16, 2012 3:32 pm

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


  • Beastybunny
    November 16, 2012 3:39 pm

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

  • Miriam Prantner
    November 16, 2012 3:59 pm

    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
    November 16, 2012 4:07 pm

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

  • Denise Bryant
    November 16, 2012 4:10 pm

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

  • TheCraftPad.com
    November 16, 2012 4:19 pm

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

  • Meghan
    November 16, 2012 4:20 pm

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

  • PamSpradlin
    November 16, 2012 4:27 pm

    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
    November 16, 2012 4:35 pm

    Love the BLING the glitter foam adds to the card.

  • CalibyCreations
    November 16, 2012 4:49 pm

    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
    November 16, 2012 5:06 pm

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

  • Cindy H.
    November 16, 2012 5:08 pm

    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
    November 16, 2012 5:09 pm

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

  • Natka
    November 16, 2012 5:22 pm

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

  • Helen F.
    November 16, 2012 5:32 pm

    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
    November 16, 2012 5:50 pm

    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
    November 16, 2012 5:51 pm

    wow how totally gorgeous… I love it

  • Virginia L.
    November 16, 2012 5:54 pm

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

  • coco
    November 16, 2012 6:00 pm

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

  • Angi Rankin
    November 16, 2012 6:05 pm

    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!!!

    November 16, 2012 6:13 pm

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

  • Barbara
    November 16, 2012 6:39 pm

    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
    November 16, 2012 6:52 pm

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

  • Vera Yates (Ling)
    November 16, 2012 6:57 pm

    Beautiful card, Meredith! Love all the details.

  • Regina
    November 16, 2012 7:36 pm

    Wow I love it!!! Beautiful card!

  • Deirdre
    November 16, 2012 8:02 pm

    Oh wow, stunning creation.

  • Amanda Coleman
    November 16, 2012 8:05 pm

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

  • coolnana72
    November 16, 2012 8:06 pm

    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
    November 16, 2012 8:14 pm

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

  • Ravengirl
    November 16, 2012 8:17 pm

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

  • cjgusloff57
    November 16, 2012 8:21 pm

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

  • Kre8tivK
    November 16, 2012 8:33 pm

    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
    November 16, 2012 8:44 pm

    Simply Gorgeous! Would love to win the magazine!

  • Chris D.
    November 16, 2012 9:02 pm

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

  • Regina Hamilton
    November 16, 2012 9:04 pm

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

  • Charlene
    November 16, 2012 9:07 pm

    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
    November 16, 2012 9:27 pm

    Beautiful card! Love the colors! Thanks for sharing!

  • Noreen
    November 16, 2012 9:36 pm

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

  • calamity jane
    November 16, 2012 9:37 pm

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

  • Cynthia Rose
    November 16, 2012 10:02 pm

    So many fun details on this card – thanks.

  • Peggy B
    November 16, 2012 10:18 pm

    Beautiful card – beautiful snowflake! Thanks for your inspiration!

  • Lucy
    November 16, 2012 10:45 pm

    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
    November 16, 2012 10:52 pm

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

  • Katie
    November 16, 2012 11:15 pm

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

    Katie B.

  • Tona
    November 16, 2012 11:55 pm

    I love all the layers and textures on your card!

  • Susan S.
    November 17, 2012 12:03 am

    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
    November 17, 2012 12:22 am

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

  • Cissy Prestage
    November 17, 2012 1:13 am

    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,

  • Kim W
    November 17, 2012 1:29 am

    Stunning card! Thanks for sharing!

  • Renee
    November 17, 2012 2:26 am

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

  • Amanda
    November 17, 2012 3:25 am

    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
    November 17, 2012 3:36 am

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

  • Ruth G
    November 17, 2012 3:41 am

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

  • Kathy Mc
    November 17, 2012 4:47 am

    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
    November 17, 2012 4:55 am

    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
    November 17, 2012 5:59 am

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

  • skeeteror
    November 17, 2012 6:34 am

    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
    November 17, 2012 6:37 am

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

  • karenelr
    November 17, 2012 7:19 am

    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
    November 17, 2012 7:24 am

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

    Kris in Alaska

  • SheriE.
    November 17, 2012 7:26 am

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

  • Maryann
    November 17, 2012 11:12 am

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

  • Lee
    November 17, 2012 11:54 am

    sparkly foam? very pretty ! thank you!

  • Michelle Pa
    November 17, 2012 12:15 pm

    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
    November 17, 2012 12:17 pm

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

  • Kimberly Rendino
    November 17, 2012 12:48 pm

    So classy and sparkly! Pretty!

  • scrappingnana
    November 17, 2012 2:56 pm

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

  • cheryl (clee’)
    November 17, 2012 3:30 pm

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

  • bjmartin
    November 17, 2012 3:33 pm

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

  • Carol
    November 17, 2012 5:11 pm

    So pretty! Love all the vintage details!

    Carol B

  • Lynn Le5
    November 17, 2012 5:20 pm

    So much fun! Love the glittery snowflake.

  • Anonymous
    November 17, 2012 5:25 pm

    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
    November 17, 2012 7:38 pm

    Beautiful Card! I just love Christmas stuff!

  • Lisa Norstrom
    November 17, 2012 8:19 pm

    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
    November 17, 2012 9:27 pm

    Beautiful card

  • Lisa’s Creative Niche
    November 17, 2012 11:59 pm

    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
    November 18, 2012 3:13 am

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

  • Emily H
    November 18, 2012 6:17 am

    Ooh! Very vintage! Love it!

  • Bluegrass Char
    November 18, 2012 1:18 pm

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

  • Anonymous
    November 18, 2012 3:31 pm

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

  • DonnaSue
    November 18, 2012 11:36 pm

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

  • Sisters Craft Cafe
    November 19, 2012 1:46 am

    Beautiful card! love the textures and glitters.


  • The Constant Scrapper
    November 19, 2012 3:07 am

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

  • Sarah Biswabic
    November 19, 2012 12:51 pm

    Your card is beautiful!

  • Julie S.
    November 19, 2012 3:28 pm

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

  • Jennifer Hansen
    November 19, 2012 5:05 pm

    Cute project!

    jlh774 at gmail dot com

  • Lori Barnett
    November 19, 2012 6:12 pm

    What a beautiful card!

  • Amy Jones #8546
    November 19, 2012 6:32 pm

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

  • Agata
    November 19, 2012 8:38 pm

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

  • Kim
    November 20, 2012 4:53 am

    So stunning!

  • Alanna
    November 20, 2012 9:54 pm

    What an absolutely beautiful card.

  • maria mcclure
    November 20, 2012 11:22 pm

    Gorgeous elements. Beautifully pulled together!

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