Better Than Pop Dots!!! Create Color Co-ordinated Custom Dimensional Embellishments

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I found a way to Create Color Co-ordinated Custom Dimensional Embellishments!
You're Gonna LOVE this one!!! I had a major brain storm this time!!! While working on my son's house and our room remodel I have been forced to not craft as much and I guess my brain went into crafty overload and came up with a doozy!!! And you are going to love it! What a time saver!!! And money saver!!! And all of your layouts and card are going to look TONS better. Are you ready?...... Watch the video and see all the possibilities of this new technique. I'm sure I will come up with a thousand more ideas for it but I wanted to get the video and idea out there for all of you. ENJOY!!! This will create all that dimension that we all love without having to use those pesky pop dots that I despise using. They are time consuming to use, they always end up showing and I HATE pulling off all those little pieces of paper and then having to clean them all up. NO MORE POP DOTS FOR ME :)
And because I'm sooo excited to have created this I am going to send 3 lucky followers a bunch of Fun Foam and patterned paper so they can create their own 3-D embellishments. Just leave your e-mail or a way to get in touch with you in the comment section of this post (the comment button is at the TOP of the post) and I will pick 3 followers in about a week. Good luck and ENJOY!

Here are the simple instructions...
1. Adhere patterened paper to foam with Xyron Sticker maker or matte medium
2. Adhere adhesive to back of foam if you wish before cutting out of Sizzix die by running it through your Xyron sticker maker again foam side down.
3. Place foam with cardstock attached on Sizzix die and run through die cutter.
4. Attach to project...
Fast and easy!If you are using white core cardstock, you may notice a white edge along the paper. You can easily camoflage that by running a matching marker along the edge to color it the same color as your foam and cardstock. You can tell the differance in the two pictures of the heart below.
Before edges are colored. AFTER edges are colored


Elaine A January 17, 2011 at 6:19 PM  
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Penny Wessenauer (d0npen) January 17, 2011 at 6:20 PM  

Brilliant Christie! I LOVE this! Great thinking!!
Thanks for sharing your creativity with us.. I so appreciate having you in my art world!

Esther January 17, 2011 at 6:26 PM  

Great idea Christie! I had a thought - If you run the foam/cardstock piece trough the Xyron before you cut with the die, all the little pieces could be saved as coloured "pop-dots" for use on other things.

JennyKozar January 17, 2011 at 6:30 PM  

Fantastic!! I love this idea - I have been cleaning up pop dots backing all weekend! This is definitely one I am going to try.


Jenny Kozar
jlkozar AT comcast DOT net

Elaine A January 17, 2011 at 6:33 PM  

Christie -

I just finished watching your videos. GENIUS! How clever! I love this idea! And you are right, pop dots are a pain in the neck. Half the time, the paper comes off before I get to use it. I thinking this is a super idea, thanks for sharing. Smart girl.

Elaine Allen

Reposted - forgot to add email - LOL!

love4scrap January 17, 2011 at 6:35 PM  

Fantasic idea, Christie. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

Carolina Country Bling January 17, 2011 at 6:54 PM  

LOVE THIS!!! Thanks so much for sharing!

Revonah Hill

Sharon Huffman January 17, 2011 at 6:55 PM  

Great idea Christie! You'll have to stay gone more often... kidding! Now if only I could find my stash of fun foam...

lilypadsis at cox dot net

Jeanette's Stampin' And Stuff January 17, 2011 at 6:58 PM  

Love it love it love. This is awesome. TFS

Janet January 17, 2011 at 7:03 PM  

Wow what an awesome idea and great video showing technuque. Have you tried this with other dies? Love it thanks for sharing,

Celeste B. January 17, 2011 at 7:04 PM  

What a wonderful idea!!! I absolutely love it!!! I really appreciate you sharing it; I get thinking of so many ideas!! TFS!! :)

Celeste B.
mctdbillman at gmail dot com

ShersL84bed January 17, 2011 at 7:09 PM  

Thanks for the great tip. I am going to give this a try.

Smiles, Sher
ShersL84bed at aol dot com

Dana January 17, 2011 at 7:09 PM  

This is wonderful! I LOVE it!

danadbrown at hotmail dot com

PlumTuckered's Paper Plays January 17, 2011 at 7:11 PM  

I love this idea!! In fact I'm working on a project that needs just such a fix right now, thank you!!

Gringa January 17, 2011 at 7:12 PM  

WOW...if these are the ideas you get from being starved at the craft table, maybe you should be starved more often. Absolute Genius !!! Thank you.

JillyPlot January 17, 2011 at 7:18 PM  

Great idea! I wish I could come up with ideas like this on my own.

Lynn B January 17, 2011 at 7:23 PM  

This would be great for cards and other items that you would not be expecting to be preserved but but I am wondering how acid free the fun foam is?


Anonymous January 17, 2011 at 7:32 PM  

love it! this is something that I have to try. Pick me as I cannot get fun foam here in aberdeen, no craft store.


Anonymous January 17, 2011 at 7:34 PM  

What a fantastically brilliant and creative idea. Can't wait to try it.


Carole Miller January 17, 2011 at 7:35 PM  

OMG Christy, you are a Genious to be sure. Love your idea. I can see other ideas forming in my mind. Thank you so much.

Carole Miller

Kathy Billings January 17, 2011 at 7:36 PM  

Great idea Christie!!! I'm thinking you could even glue two pieces of foam together with the Xyron to make it pop even more. I use the thicker pop dots a lot so I might try this too. I love your are brilliant!!!

Kathy Billings

Carrie K January 17, 2011 at 7:37 PM  

Great idea! Don't you just love it when something turns out the way you pictured in your head?
carriedan1 at live dot com

Anonymous January 17, 2011 at 7:39 PM  

Wonderful ideas. Keep the brainstorming coming.

barborus January 17, 2011 at 7:40 PM  

I am so exited to give this a try thanks for the wonderful idea

Anonymous January 17, 2011 at 7:41 PM  

Thank you for another great idea! I will be happy to leave the pop dots behind, too!

Anonymous January 17, 2011 at 7:43 PM  

What a great idea, I can see how you would get excited over this. I cant wait to try this out myself. Thank you for all your information

Jun Bug House January 17, 2011 at 7:44 PM  

Ok This is so cool.
It has been a long time since I have been impressed with a totally awesome idea.
And you could just run the paper/foam piece right back through your Xyron to attach it.
I love it!!!!!

Nana Bluebird aka Kathy Aho January 17, 2011 at 7:45 PM  

Wonderful technique! I would put some Xyron on both sides of the fun foam all the time (one for the decorative paper and one to attach it to the page or card) and then use the excess foam pieces just like 'regular' pop dots too!!

Becky January 17, 2011 at 7:49 PM  

How creative Love it Now I need a larger Xyron
poochietoo at gmail dot com

RJ January 17, 2011 at 7:54 PM  

You are a genious!! Thanks for sharing!


Monika January 17, 2011 at 7:55 PM  

Christie how do you do it. You never fail to inspire me, You are the best - I HAVE TO watch your blog everyday so that I don't miss a thing. I am going to make sure that all the girls in my classes watch your video on this - I am soooo over them complaining about pop dots.

Thank U

Sandy January 17, 2011 at 7:55 PM  

Fantastic! You are such a creative and sharing lady! I have learned so much from you! Thanks bunches

Sue S. January 17, 2011 at 7:56 PM  
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Sue S. January 17, 2011 at 7:59 PM  

Forgot to leave my email addres. I really like this idea. What a creative way to use fun foam. I have used fun foam when machine embroidering to help pop something up, but never thought to use it like pop dots. Thanks for sharing this great idea.

Jo Ann January 17, 2011 at 7:59 PM  

Thank you very much for the wonderful idea!! Anything that saves time is appreciated!

margaeli January 17, 2011 at 8:00 PM  

What a clever idea; this one I'll have to try. Thanks for demonstrating here on your blog.

Margaret in AZ
margaeli at aol dot com

Patti L January 17, 2011 at 8:01 PM  

Wow! Great tip and video. I am so glad I don't have to work tomorrow so I can play with these ideas.
Thank you, Patti

Anonymous January 17, 2011 at 8:02 PM  

What a genius of an idea, I will definitely be trying this, thanks for sharing your creativity.
Diane Arreola

Dawn January 17, 2011 at 8:07 PM  

Super idea Christie. Now I can pop up some of the finer elements I have as cuts. I can't wait to try this out and share with my crop group this next weekend.
Dawn K-S

Anonymous January 17, 2011 at 8:08 PM  

I have never been a fan of fun foam until now! What a great idea and I am going to give this a try!


kimberlyjbush (at) gmail (dot) com

Anonymous January 17, 2011 at 8:11 PM  

You made my day. I can never even find pop dots in my area. Now thanks to you I can make my own. Thanks for the GREAT giveaway.


Karla Sue January 17, 2011 at 8:13 PM  

Great idea! Thank you so much for sharing it with us! It is hard finding the foam pop dots most of the time and if I do find them, most of the time, not the size I need.

Sue in CT January 17, 2011 at 8:14 PM  

Now that is something that will make my projects look so much nicer never mind the time and money savings from not using pop dots. I always hated that you could see the dots under my popped element because I couldn't trim it or if you hold or look at it at an angle (especially cards) you can see the dot. Problem solved!!!
Thank you so much for sharing.
Sue in CT
susanslomski at yahoo dot com

Anonymous January 17, 2011 at 8:15 PM  

I actually have used funfoam as an embellishment, but certainly not in the creative way you have come up with! Really neat idea!!!!!! I have got to try this out right away!

Christina January 17, 2011 at 8:18 PM  

Love this!! Thanks so much for sharing. Can't wait to try it out.
shewhodreamz at gmail dot com

Chris January 17, 2011 at 8:21 PM  

What a wonderful idea. I hate those white spots showing. Can't wait to get some fun foam. Thanks for thinking outside of the box.

Anonymous January 17, 2011 at 8:25 PM  

Awsome idea!! So many possibilities. I also hate pulling the papers off the glue dots! Going to try this for sure!! thanks for sharing!

chignon January 17, 2011 at 8:28 PM  

Great idea, as I watched I kept wondering if you could stick the other side to make it a foam sticker then you showed it in the second video! Now, the get it to work with the cricut! :)
vosstin at gmail dot com

Anonymous January 17, 2011 at 8:32 PM  

ty Christie! glad to have an alternative to those darn dots! lol...I dont have THAT zyron but I have another that may work! yeah!!! ty so much! and gl all!

cher from ATT

Erin Glee January 17, 2011 at 8:32 PM  

You are so smart! I love how this looks and your excitment about it is contageous! Thank you so much for sharing, Christie!

Vickie Kertz January 17, 2011 at 8:32 PM  

Really cute idea. I am going to have to try this. TFS

Anonymous January 17, 2011 at 8:33 PM  

Loved your idea. I also hate all the little papers sitting around after you use the pop dots. I get my greatest just before I all asleep at night.
Virginia Montagna

Barb A. January 17, 2011 at 8:34 PM  

You are awesome! Fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing your talents and ideas with us.

scrapbooknut67114 at gmail dot com

Elizabeth January 17, 2011 at 8:37 PM  

that's really cool! I can't get fun foam around here, but if I ever see it I'll be sure to have a go :)
redcrystalstar at gmail dot com

Kathleen January 17, 2011 at 8:38 PM  

Christie - what an awesome idea!!! I loved how you were sharing your brainstorm and then came up with more while you were showing us the demo. You are brilliant!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

kweidner at iusb dot edu

Lisa January 17, 2011 at 8:44 PM  

Great idea! I love the way the white won't show any more. Keep thinking!

Margaret January 17, 2011 at 8:47 PM  

Love this idea. Will be at Michaels tomorrow.
mmarg1520 at sbcglobal dot net

Jody January 17, 2011 at 8:48 PM  

What a cool idea!!! Wishing I could run to Micheal's right this second for fun foam. Thank you for sharing this great idea!!

aerynx at gmail dot com

Evelyn January 17, 2011 at 8:49 PM  

What a great idea Christina..Thank you sooo much for always sharing with us.
I also hated it when the whits would show

Jackie January 17, 2011 at 8:53 PM  

Christie, you have the best ideas! LOVE IT! Could you cut the paper & foam out using the cricut? Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous January 17, 2011 at 8:54 PM  

ABSOLUTELY BRILLANT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Liane :-)

Kay January 17, 2011 at 8:58 PM  

Love this idea (and all of your others)...was wondering if you could cut the Fun Foam with a Cricut???


Kay January 17, 2011 at 9:00 PM  

PS Did you say that you got the adhesive cork at Hobby Lobby? If so, was it in the scrapping section or where?


crotnem January 17, 2011 at 9:01 PM  

Great idea Christy,thanks for sharing with us!
My email is

Linda R January 17, 2011 at 9:02 PM  


This is pure genius

and it's so so generous of you to share it!
I'm getting ready to begin a commissioned scrapbook of 2 best friends and this idea is perfect AND I recently got the xyron!

I'm ready

Sonya January 17, 2011 at 9:03 PM  

Wow What a great idea!!!


Leslie January 17, 2011 at 9:07 PM  

Great suggestion!!! Will have to give it a try. Leslie @

Diane January 17, 2011 at 9:07 PM  

You are very generous with your talents and supplies.

Kay January 17, 2011 at 9:07 PM  

What a great idea! ! ! ! Loved the videos too. Michaels is going to have a rush on funfoam.

Anna January 17, 2011 at 9:08 PM  

Cool Idea!!!
annadowdy at gmail dot com

Anonymous January 17, 2011 at 9:09 PM  

Love this idea! Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to use it on my next project!

Nancy C.

Shirley January 17, 2011 at 9:10 PM  

What a great idea! Perfectly fabulous. I happened to be making Tim foam stamps and bought a bunch of it. Guess I will be trying this out. Thanks!

Vickie January 17, 2011 at 9:11 PM  

Great idea!!! Now I have to go get fun foam and try this.


nonnascuts January 17, 2011 at 9:12 PM  

What an awesome idea! I am in awe of all the neat ideas you come up with! Thanks so much!

Rhonda W.

Anonymous January 17, 2011 at 9:12 PM  

This is just the best idea I have seen in a long time! I am so excited to try it!! You are so innovative and creative! Awesome Girl!
Hugs, Ava

th4eachday January 17, 2011 at 9:13 PM  

Thank you,what a creative idea.Susan

SandyK January 17, 2011 at 9:20 PM  

Christi, What a wonderful idea - Our projects will look more finished using this technique. Thanks so much for sharing.


Teresa Porter January 17, 2011 at 9:21 PM  

Just yesterday I was cutting Sizzix dies and it was so difficult to pop up. I am going to use this technique to finish the rest of my valentine cards. Thank you sooo much. Teresa

DebC January 17, 2011 at 9:25 PM  

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing with us!

Unknown January 17, 2011 at 9:28 PM  

OK I have your blog saved and I am forever sending it to someone else to see because I love the things you do..however, you have just topped all of them I think!!! And I hate pop dots, why?? because you can always see them!! Ugghhh spend all this time on a project just to see them sticking out!!!!!

Thanks for sharing!!!!
jmpresearch @

Clemencia January 17, 2011 at 9:31 PM  

3 words: I LOVE IT! thanks so much, awesome

DebC January 17, 2011 at 9:32 PM  

I forgot to ask you a question....I see you used the cuttlebug to cut but have you cut this foam on the cricut for us that would use a cricut for our cuts vs. cuttlebug or similar?

Ruby January 17, 2011 at 9:41 PM  

This is absolutely and totally fantastic!!! I love glue dots, but it is such a pain getting the paper off them. You are a genius! No more white edges showing on the finished project. We all work so hard to get a beautiful card (or whatever you may be working on) and then that white just glares at you from the side. HOORAY! Problem solved. Thanks so much for sharing this.
Ruby (

Norma January 17, 2011 at 9:42 PM  

What a fantastic idea!!!!! Can't wait to try it. Now if you can figure out a way to do this with my Expression I would be in total heaven! Never need another pop dot again.
Norma at

marts061 January 17, 2011 at 9:44 PM  

That's a great idea Christie. I would never thought of this in a million years. Well done!

thestampinglady January 17, 2011 at 9:45 PM  

I just love your enthusiasm. I had such fun watching your video about your latest discovery--how wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing it will all of us. Your sharing is one of many reasons I subscribe to your blog in my reader. I never want to miss one of your posts. I also appreciate your "coupon" sharing. Too bad I live over an hr to Hobby Lobby and 1 1/2 hrs to Michaels. Thanks for a chance to win--you are so sweet.
thestampinglady at gmail dot com

Unknown January 17, 2011 at 9:54 PM  

OMG I am SOOO excited, I just went thru my stash of this - bought is because it was so cheap one day and figured I would use it someday LOL and it is already glued on one side!!!!! which means I don't have to run it through my xyron!! Now I am kicking myself for not buying more, I got two packages and they are only about 4 x 6 but plenty big enough for a number of dies!!!

jmpresearch @

Kathy Eddy January 17, 2011 at 9:55 PM  

No wonder you are so excited! This is brilliant! Going to have to try this out tomorrow on my brand, spanking new today Vagabond!

Katie January 17, 2011 at 9:56 PM  

Great Idea! love it!!! I will have to try this with the cricut sometime soon....

Monica-FC January 17, 2011 at 10:02 PM  

what a cool idea. I will have to try this out on my wizard sometime. so neat.

voyager January 17, 2011 at 10:04 PM  

Thanks for such a great idea, not only for popping up items, but for also, using my Xyron machines!!! I loved your video demos, too! Can't wait to put this technique to use! Thanks for all of your sharing.

Clara January 17, 2011 at 10:06 PM  

Amazing, Christie! Guess I'll be buying craft foam tomorrow! Thanks for always sharing your fantastic ideas!

pennykitz January 17, 2011 at 10:07 PM  

You are amazing!!!! I love your style and I truely enjoy reading your blog. The videos are wonderful.
Thank you for sharing your great ideas, and projects.
p.s. I hope your son is doing well in his new home. I know you must be very proud of him....

Anonymous January 17, 2011 at 10:07 PM  

You are one of the best sharers that I have ever met. Thank you for being you. Your work is great!

mootseeka January 17, 2011 at 10:07 PM  

great idea is probably in use all over the virtual world already. Doesn't it feel good to be inspired lol

De January 17, 2011 at 10:12 PM  

Christie what a great idea. I will try to source some of that fun foam when I go on my next shopping expedition! Cut off by flood waters atm

De January 17, 2011 at 10:13 PM  

Woops ....forgot my email
its de.mamacrystal74 at gmail dot com

Lynn January 17, 2011 at 10:14 PM  

Wow! So cool just love the adhesive idea. I just hate seeing the pop dots. Having the sides the same color is so classy. Now thats some elements with true depth. Thanks so much for sharing. Lynn

Anonymous January 17, 2011 at 10:15 PM  

Great idea Christie. My mind keeps going to all the new Tim Holtz dies that are coming out soon. And now I can use up the fun foam that I have. Yippee

BobbisTreasure January 17, 2011 at 10:19 PM  

You never cease to amaze me! Now I have to go buy more thing, LOL!!

Anonymous January 17, 2011 at 10:22 PM  

woo-hoo...very cool. Thanks for the tutorial and instructions for creating customized popdots!

Toni Stacey Simpson January 17, 2011 at 10:26 PM  

Love the idea! Thanks for sharing! I have been wanting some fun foam.

Anonymous January 17, 2011 at 10:27 PM  

What a great idea! Whenever my Girl Scout Troops are looking to make some great crafts, I always come to your blog first! I can see us making some great cards and decor with the foam and dies. Thanks for sharing!

Lynn January 17, 2011 at 10:28 PM  

Wow! So cool just love the adhesive idea. I just hate seeing the pop dots. Having the sides the same color is so classy. Now thats some elements with true depth. Thanks so much for sharing. Lynn

Debbie Childers January 17, 2011 at 10:29 PM  

Christie!!! You must be sending thoughts through the Universe! I bought a bunch of foam two days ago and I didn't even know why I bought it. Just thought I might need it but didn't know why! NOW I KNOW WHY! This is perfect! YOU ARE BRILLIANT! This is marketable! My email is GREAT JOB!

Mel January 17, 2011 at 10:30 PM  

Great Idea, Christie!! I have been sending a line of craft foam through the zyron twice - top and bottom - for years to make my own "craft" dots/rectangles. This is a great idea, tho, to use foam w/paper and the die cuts to make great raised embellishments. Thanks for your great ideas and work!!


Sherry January 17, 2011 at 10:32 PM  

Wow great idea Christie...this eliminates that white look of the pop dots. What a mind you have

Linda January 17, 2011 at 10:33 PM  

I love this idea. Can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing your ideas with us.

Vicki and Don January 17, 2011 at 10:47 PM  

Great idea! Also love your box idea for your paper packs! That's also a great idea! TFS!

Peggy Wight January 17, 2011 at 10:48 PM  

Awesome technique! I need to get my fun foam out and buy some of the dies. Thanks so much for sharing. Peggy

Leah's Boutique January 17, 2011 at 10:49 PM  

Awesome Idea... was confused at first, I'm a new scrapper. I have the cuttlebug but it doesn't cut like yours was doing. Can you cut the foam with the cricut? Maybe with the deep cut blade?

Shelly Adams

Vicki and Don January 17, 2011 at 10:50 PM  

Forgot to leave my e-mail! :-) Again, love your idea!

Vicki (vleith @ escapees (dot) com)

Unknown January 17, 2011 at 10:53 PM  

I am curious if you sleep at night? It seems your mind is always coming up with something better and better all the time! I would of never in a million years thought of this! I just got my cuttle bug a few months ago and am still in the newbie stage with it. and i HATE pop dots for the exact reasons you stated. You rock! Connie

Connie vbuck411959 January 17, 2011 at 10:54 PM  

Love your blog and your art work. This just shows another reason why. I hate peeling popdots apart. This is one I will definitely use. Thanks a bunch

Laney's Legacy's January 17, 2011 at 10:56 PM  

What a fantastic idea my mind is working on all the things i can do with this idea. Thank you for sharing and for a chance to win.

Later Tater,

Anonymous January 17, 2011 at 10:56 PM  

Christie, you still amaze me with all your ideas. (I like that you think of craft how to's while doing something else.) I love this one. Most of my dies are cuttlebug or spellbinders, I can't wait to try it.


cme January 17, 2011 at 10:58 PM  

Christie,I love this idea, can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing it

Anonymous January 17, 2011 at 10:58 PM  


It is amazing how many ideas we come up with, So logical and so simple, a slap yourself on the head when the light bulb comes on idea.

This is one of them.

I love it and will have to pick up some foam on my next coupon trip.

Thanks for sharing


Nettie January 17, 2011 at 11:00 PM  

What a great idea Christie. It is midnight here and I am running to craft room to play after watching the vid!


Anonymous January 17, 2011 at 11:16 PM  

WOW! That is one of the best ideas I have ever seen! I can hardly wait to try it myself! I'll have to hit the craft store and get some foam now! (unless I am lucky enough to win! lol)

ANGELA M LEE January 17, 2011 at 11:22 PM  

Great idea...i kept putting off buying the xyron as I was not sure if I would put it to good use...I am off shopping tomorrow!

Anonymous January 17, 2011 at 11:32 PM  

Really good idea as I hate the white edges you get with regular dots. Off to find fun foam soon!
thank you for the opportunity to win some blog candy as well.

Mary George January 17, 2011 at 11:46 PM  

Hi Christie I was think this is a great idea. I also got to thinking to run your paper thru your xyron then attach it to foam that already has the the sticky stuff on the back and that would save on your sticker supply. Thank you so much for sharing....hugs Mary

LivingLife January 17, 2011 at 11:53 PM  

I Love that you shared this idea!!!! I am so going to try it out asap!
look forward to your next awesome crafting solution and creations ;)

Cathy H January 17, 2011 at 11:58 PM  

This is a great idea!! I was just reorganizing by craft room and found a bag with craft foam and wasn't sure what to use it for. Wow now I can get my Xyron working again.


cathyhartle at gmail dot com

IRW Dana January 18, 2011 at 12:01 AM  

I use to sell for Xyron and I LOVE it for everything. That was one of our favorite demos was adding xyron to both sides of a project. It saves lots of gluing time. :)) Thanks for the chance to win such a great give away. papermemories4u(at)yahoo(dot)com

bakerdon21 January 18, 2011 at 12:05 AM  

I think thats great your so clever.Thats why I like your videos,I learn so much.

JenO January 18, 2011 at 12:14 AM  

Great idea! Thanks for sharing. :)

nifferjeno at gmail dot com

Debbie January 18, 2011 at 12:21 AM  

Wow, great idea. And to think all this time I was coloring the sides of the pop dots before I stuck them on so the white wouldn't show. This just saves me time and less strain on my eyes! Thanks!!

RuthAnn January 18, 2011 at 12:30 AM  

Thank you so much for sharing this, you are very
creative. Bet science would like to see all the bright lights going off in your head when you get some of these fabulous This is
really neat and a great why to make your cards pop.

RuthAnn January 18, 2011 at 12:31 AM  

sorry a senior moment, forgot to include my email address with my comment.
RuthAnn King or

Vic January 18, 2011 at 12:33 AM  

Super-duper idea!

iamvictorias at gmail dot com

valley1229 January 18, 2011 at 12:44 AM  

Great Idea! I can't wait to try it.

SusieQ January 18, 2011 at 12:45 AM  



Gayle Montayo January 18, 2011 at 12:57 AM  

Very clever! I noticed in the Hobby Lobby there are foam sheets with sticky back on them....also would be a time saver....We learn so much from you Christie...Even new craft terminology like, for instance...Glue-boogers....LOL! Gotta love ya Christie! THank YOU for your fantastic ideas! Hugs...gayle

Alicia January 18, 2011 at 12:57 AM  

Thank You. I made cards at a crop Sat. Those Pesky tear off's are a pain. alicia w 61 @

Sandy's Simple Crafts January 18, 2011 at 1:26 AM  

What a wonderful idea. So glad you shared it with us. A lot of cute projects.
sandyford77 at sbcglobal dot net

TerriM56 January 18, 2011 at 1:43 AM  

Genius!!! love how something so simple can be so fantastic!. Thanks for sharing

Ina Good January 18, 2011 at 1:50 AM  

I have some stickyback foam and cant wait to try this!!!!!!!Thanks for playing with this and sharing!!!! my e mail is

Kris in Alaska January 18, 2011 at 3:51 AM  

Wowsers!!! You are sooo smart! I can't wait to try this when I can get ahold of some foam!!

Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

Carol January 18, 2011 at 3:53 AM  

Great idea! Ive shared a similiar idea with the various color foam that they sell here in the islands. Like the various color patterned paper idea. Shared it with my Facebook friends. aloha from Hawaii.

Pam January 18, 2011 at 3:59 AM  

Wow! you always amaze me! Thanks for the great ideas.

Ellie Knol January 18, 2011 at 4:30 AM  

Fantasic idea, Christie!! Thanks for sharing it with us!! GREAT GREAT!!

Suz January 18, 2011 at 4:43 AM  

Awesome idea! so simple, everyone is probably wondering "why didn't I think of that?" I know I am. LOL. You rock, thanks for sharing and can't wait to see pictures of your son's redo on his new home. Suz (dot)p at comcast (dot) net

♥ Ellen ♥ January 18, 2011 at 5:00 AM  

Christie, you definitely have a VERY bright creative lightbulb ... what a fantastic use of foam. I'd love to win your sample pack to give it a whirl, though I think impatience will set in and I'll find myself at Michael's as soon as the snow/ice here clears. I was curious about your Xyron -- mine doesn't have that top layer of "stickiness" (the clear plastic) on it. I wonder why? OMG, I am so anxious to try this. THANK YOU for sharing this idea.

Ellen (a.k.a., CardMonkey)
cardmonkey at comcast dot net

Meg Farris January 18, 2011 at 5:34 AM  
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Unknown January 18, 2011 at 5:38 AM  

Great idea...wish I'd have thought of it a long time ago!!! Sure would have eliminated thousands of pop dots in my crafting. You could also run all of the pieces through the sticker maker so that they are sticky, more glue!

Thanks for your creativity,

Jane Harris

Meg Farris January 18, 2011 at 5:49 AM  

Awesome idea, thanks so much Christie. I can't wait to try this!

Forgot to add my email:


mockoo12 January 18, 2011 at 5:55 AM  

What a fantastic idea. Can't wait to try it. So nice of you to share. Thanks (

Ann January 18, 2011 at 6:01 AM  

Christie, what an AWESOME idea. So much prettier than pop dots, I loved the butterfly and the flourish. Thanks so much for sharing with us.

Sandy January 18, 2011 at 6:16 AM  

Great idea!!! Way to go!!!! Thanks for sharing!

CBW January 18, 2011 at 6:19 AM  
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Linda Morgan Clark January 18, 2011 at 6:38 AM  

Does anyone know if you can cut the foam with a Cricut?

Unknown January 18, 2011 at 6:39 AM  

Love it, thanks so much. Tammy W

Marijo January 18, 2011 at 6:57 AM  

I am new to your site Christie and am so glad I clicked the link! You are an inspiration! Thank you for sharing such a great idea...I love that you don't have come up with a way to not use the pop dots! I know I will be following your blog from now on for creative inspiration!

Marijo in NH

Gloria Westerman January 18, 2011 at 6:58 AM  

Brilliant idea!!!!!! Thank you for sharing this with us.....Keep these great ideas coming.....

JenE January 18, 2011 at 7:04 AM  

Just brilliant!!!! Love your enthusiasm and energy!!!! Great ideas...can't wait to try them myself. TFS!!!!
Jennifer, blossom93 at yahoo dot com

Holly January 18, 2011 at 7:07 AM  

Wow what a great idea, can't wait to try this out. Thanks again

Carol January 18, 2011 at 7:09 AM  

I loved the video and actually picked up several ideas not just your foam technique. I can actually tell my husband that this new technique doesn't cost a fortune either....not what he is used to hearing. Thanks so much for sharing with all of us.

Lyngo January 18, 2011 at 7:15 AM  

Thank You Christie. What a great idea. I don't have a Xyron but I want to try this using "some kind of glue ". I enjoy your tutorials and have made several projects - never ending card for one for a Christmas card for my daughter.

badgersue January 18, 2011 at 7:29 AM  

Great idea, Christie! Your video demo is great. I am a little confused about how and when to use the matte gel though. I'll be sure to try the die cut/xyron method. My email is

Sandi M January 18, 2011 at 7:31 AM  

Christie, you always have the most clever ideas! Not only is the fun foam idea such a good one, brayering the pic onto Tim's die plates is a great tip also. Thanks!

Lynda January 18, 2011 at 7:37 AM  

Wow! What a great idea and so simple. Thanks!

happyacres at wowway dot com

Phyl January 18, 2011 at 7:45 AM  

Thank you for being generous enough to share your brain storming with us. We all appreciate your brilliant ideas.\


Linda DesGroseilliers January 18, 2011 at 7:45 AM  

Great idea, Christie! I have two 6"x9" stacks of multi-colored fun foam that already has adhesive on one side. I'm off to give them a try. I'll only have to use the Xyron on one side and be able to attach the paper to the foam AND attach the finished cut to the project! I had bought the adhesive-backed fun foam to use as a cushion on unmounted rubber stamps but realized that I didn't really need the cushion for most stamps so had lots of fun foam left. Now I have a use for it. Thanks!!! Linda D (

texasbarb January 18, 2011 at 7:54 AM  

YOWZA, Christie, what a super great idea!!! Thank you for sharing!! I'm going to give this a try today. I hate the look of pop dots too but wasn't smart enough to think of using fun foam...way to go girl!!!

Barb A
bjstamps at suddenlink dot net

Robyn January 18, 2011 at 7:56 AM  

Thanks Christie
keep these thoughs coming!

ramonafl4 January 18, 2011 at 8:11 AM  

love your idea's Christie

lolo January 18, 2011 at 8:13 AM  

Love this idea, thanks so much for sharing

Nancy January 18, 2011 at 8:17 AM  

thank for the wonderful idea. I need to buy the machine for the sticker...been looking at them, and now I know I need it. nlewis at dishmail dot net

Susan DR January 18, 2011 at 8:22 AM  

Great idea Christie! Can't wait to get some foam. I've used foam to make album spacers to match the album cover (to replace those cardboard pieces), but I never took that thought this far! Love all your ideas. Thanks so much for sharing.

Kadie in Arizona January 18, 2011 at 8:28 AM  

Christie: You are like PURE MAGIC to watch. You have some of the most brilliant ideas and TIME SAVERS to share with us - ROCK ON GIRLFRIEND! Thanks for sharing and thanks for offering this AMAZING giveaway......can't wait to try this. kadielabadie at live dot com

AprilsL8 January 18, 2011 at 8:28 AM  

Great Idea!! I've got 2 xyron machines so I should be set to go after I get some fun foam!
AprilsL8 at windstream dot net

Anonymous January 18, 2011 at 8:42 AM  

WOWOWOW!!!! Thank you for such a wonderful idea! I can't wait to do some card-making. As soon as I get dressed, I am going to Michael's for fun foam. I am going to take your idea one step further. Sometimes, you just have to use a pop dot. I am going to make my own using the foam to make my paper, and my Xyron machines!
Thanks again! Cheryl in Michigan

Jamie January 18, 2011 at 8:43 AM  

WOW! pretty much sums it up. What a great idea and many thanks for sharing it. I loved your video as I am a visual type person and this helped so much. Have a great day. Jamie

Hitechwizard January 18, 2011 at 8:53 AM  

Well aren't you a clever lil' bugger!!! Thanks a lot, seriously that was a great idea.

Blessings and good job!

cheri January 18, 2011 at 9:00 AM  

love the idea,about a year ago Dan had a svg to cut little circles that looked like your pop dot sheet, that would be a great idea for pop dots in colored sticky backed fun foam.


Anne January 18, 2011 at 9:06 AM  

Wonderful idea...especially since it comes from a Chicago sports lover!

Tina January 18, 2011 at 9:10 AM  

You are brilliant! What a fantastic idea!!! Thanks for sharing.


Kelly January 18, 2011 at 9:11 AM  

What a neat idea! Thank you for sharing all your wonderful ideas and projects with us.

Tammy January 18, 2011 at 9:11 AM  

Christie!!! So fab---you go girl!!! Love the time savers and everything---you will be blessed for being so giving!

joy January 18, 2011 at 9:37 AM  

love this idea!

Corrina Mesick January 18, 2011 at 9:39 AM  

Very nice1 What a great idea.

marischmaltz January 18, 2011 at 9:41 AM  

I've been using foam to make spacers and when making shaker boxes for years, why did I never think of this .... brilliant.

Nana's Paper Things January 18, 2011 at 9:50 AM  

Wow, great idea! Thanks so much for sharing.
LizW in TX

Trisha January 18, 2011 at 9:51 AM  

This is simply the best idea to come along in quite a while!! Thank you so much!!!! trisha at gvtc dot com

Kisha January 18, 2011 at 9:53 AM  

TFS! That is such a super idea! I'm going to try that out today!


Muttshouse January 18, 2011 at 9:53 AM  

Really clever idea. The one caveat I think you should let your followers know is that foam (any foam) WILL disintegrate over time and I'm not sure that it is acid/lignin free. So if you use this technique, don't do it over photos or "above" them where the stuff will end up "dusting" the photos.

Sharon January 18, 2011 at 10:17 AM  


Girl! This is just an awesome idea. I love dimension but hate those pop dots. I find I use a maker to color the white edges so I dont see them. This looks like a much faster idea.

Tip on the zyron glue on the edges. Use a small tip stylus and just run it round the edges. That will remove the glue on the edge. I do this for small detailed things and insides of letters. Works great.


Bonnie January 18, 2011 at 10:18 AM  

You never cease to amaze! What a great idea.

Darla January 18, 2011 at 10:42 AM  

Christie, great idea!! I think my dollarstore even has sticky back foam in smaller sheets (not sure what kind of colours they have and I think they might be a bit thinner than most regular fun foam) I'm going to have to check it out since that would meN just sticking the paper to the non sticky side cutting and sticking since the backside is already sticky!! Yay! Thanks for the idea!!

Gargayle January 18, 2011 at 10:43 AM  

As usual, you have outdone yourself with this idea. Thank you for your contributions to our crafting world!


Sande January 18, 2011 at 10:48 AM  

Great idea and thanks for sharing. My concern is the foam is not acid free. I wonder if you can spray it with the spray that they sell in Michaels art department or most art stores? Wouldn't be a issue unless you were using it on a photo. I pot dots are a pain.

Anonymous January 18, 2011 at 10:53 AM  

Great idea! I can't wait to use it.
Thanks for sharing your inspiration.


Barbara L. ( January 18, 2011 at 11:09 AM  

This was amazing, Christie. Back to Michael's...and just when I thought I'd finished shopping this week. What a simple and wonderful way to get dimension and use up those unappealing stack papers. Thank you , thank you.

One Creative Queen January 18, 2011 at 11:10 AM  

You never cease to amaze me! I always love dropping in to see what you're up to - you never disappoint with fun, fresh, interesting information. THANK YOU!!


Rosemary January 18, 2011 at 11:13 AM  

Love the idea...... Have to try it. Rosemary at

Anonymous January 18, 2011 at 11:17 AM  

Brilliant, wow, thank you!!!!!! You have created a ton of sales for fun foam...perhaps they can make it sticky on both sides. You should contact the vendor immediately and discuss your ideas!


Lexen January 18, 2011 at 11:30 AM  

ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!! What a time saver! And it looks AWESOME! You always amaze me!! :)

Gerrie DeDakis January 18, 2011 at 11:30 AM  

i enjoyed your videos. Believe it or not, but I thought about this a while back, but never went any further into the mechanics of it. If you hadn't posted your videos, I probably would never have acted on the idea. Thank you so much.

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