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Karen Burniston Pop it Ups Designer Challenge - Make 'em Laugh!

Today I'm blogging on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog with this month's Pop it Ups Designer Challenge. The theme this month is Make 'em Laugh and the team plus guest designer did a fabulous job making funny cards.

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For my Challenge card I wanted to use a funny Rubberstamp Ave. stamp that says "In dog years, you're dead" and my idea was to make Buster the Dog appear alive and well on the front of the card but then fall over dead (playing dead, of course) when the card opened. The spinner that comes with the Rectangle Pull Card was the obvious choice. The video will show how to use a bridge technique with the spinner to allow an item to be placed far away and have a greater range of motion. Watch the video tutorial to learn how:

 

What's fun about this card is that when it is closed, it appears to be a cute upbeat card with a stylish dog who wants to share a fun (and certainly wholesome) fact about your birthday . . .

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As the card is pulled open the true snarky nature of the card is revealed. Buster is in fact, (playing) dead, and keels over in the grass dramatically.

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With the bridge technique you can get a big sweeping arc of movement from the spinner. This has more applications than just teaching a dog die how to die. (See what I did there?) Think of the possibilities with other themes and Characters.

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Want to make your own dead (but only playing) dog card? Here are links to the supplies used. Don't forget to click over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog to see 19 more hilarious Pop it Ups cards from the team.

 
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Pop it Ups Happy Birthday Hannah card

Here is a card I made recently for my niece.

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The front of the card is very simple - just a piece of shiny bling cardstock embossed with the Lots of Dots  embossing folder. I stamped the greeting (the rubber stamp came from Hobby Lobby and was a gift from my friend Kelly) which said "There is nothing better than to end a bad day covered in dog slobber" and covered "bad day" with another piece of paper with "birthday" written on it. I used decorator Katie Label dies to cut out the greeting and added the milk bone from the Props 4 die set.

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Inside the card I had already cut the Happy Birthday pop-up into the patterned paper when I realized that I didn't have enough room for Buster the Dog without obscuring the "B" in birthday. I thought it would be cute to have Buster holding the "B" in his mouth. Buster is wearing the party hat from the Props2 die set. I was able to create Hannah's name from the script Happy Birthday by using two upside-down "y"s for the "n"s.

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We just returned from a week on the west coast visiting family in Oregon and Washington so we were able to deliver Hannah's card and gift in person.

If you're interested in any of the dies I used on this card, here are some shopping links.