*NEW* Fall 2014 dies, plus Spooky Sept. Secret Word winner

Congratulations to Pammy B. for participating in the Spooky September Secret Word Giveaway. Her comment on the ECD blog post incorporating the secret word ("technique") was chosen by random draw.

I’m always open to new and fresh ideas so when you post a new technique that I can use I really appreciate it. Halloween is my most favorite holiday so I was really pleased to see all the awesome cards your design team came up with. Never stop inspiring us!!

Pam has won a Lorna Label Pop-up die plus her choice of Character die. (She chose Dutch the Fox)

  image from karenburniston.typepad.com

Speaking of Character dies, meet the two newest Characters, Dutch the Fox and Honey the Bear:

946 - Dutch the Fox
946 - Dutch the Fox

We released the two new Characters at the Collins Show last weekend. The 75 retailers who attended the show and placed an order will be the first shipments and then the dies will ship out to all retailers who place an order. 

This mini-release for me has a Birthday Theme, so there is a new Props 2 die set to fit any of the Characters:

949 - Props 2

Also released at this show is a new set of Frame Edges to fit the Ring Accordion die. 

950 - Ring Frame Edges 1

You can see these four dies used together on this project, from the What a Bunch of Characters class:


And of course there must be a BRAND NEW interactive die in the release. Take a look at the new Happy Birthday Pop-up die:

947 - Happy Birthday PopUp

The script writing is my handwriting and if you are curious how many times I wrote the words "Happy Birthday" before I picked the best one to use it was 8,952 (or thereabouts!) Ha! 

I love that the script words are on separate dies so you can use either word on its own and for card fronts, layouts, 3D projects, etc. Here is the birthday card the Collins Workshop attendees made. It's fun to have one of the Characters peeking out from behind the words and notice that the script dies also work great on the card's front.


Two more Collins class projects that featured the new Characters:


So how do you get your hands on these hot new dies? The quickest way is to ask your local store to order them. If they attended the Collins show and put in an order at the show, then the dies are shipping to the store right now. After those stores' orders are shipped the other store orders (from all over the world) will be shipped in the order they arrived.

Don't have a local store? Check the ECD website and when the "Sold Out" sign disappears then they are ready to order. (There isn't a "Coming Soon" option on our website - it's coming soon! Ha.)

Which is your favorite new Character? Dutch the Fox or Honey the Bear?

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Karen Burniston Pop it Ups Designer Challenge - Spooky September + BONUS

Today I'm blogging on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog with the September Designer Challenge, which is to use Pop it Ups dies to make Halloween cards. Make sure you click over to the blog post to see all the amazing projects by the Designer Challenge Team.

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For my project I am teaching a technique I call the "Double Lorna" where you cut the Lorna Label Pop it Ups die into a folded card to double the pop-up. Additionally, I'm showing how to add an additional box platform to the card to allow for a sturdy extra support to animate anything.

In keeping with the Halloween theme, I created a Chilly-the-Penguin-turns-Mummy card. Watch the video here:


Here are photos of my finished card:


Here are supply links for the Mummy card: 

I really love this technique and I didn't want people thinking it was only for Halloween cards, so I whipped up a second version of the card using the same measurements, same techniques, but changing the theme to a Hoppy the Frog "Warts New?" card.


If you haven't been introduced to the Character Dies yet, feel free to watch the Intro to Characters Video, which shows you how to assemble them. Hoppy the Frog comes with two accessory dies - a Lily and a Fly. For my card I used patterned paper for the detail layer and spun the eyes to be looking upward.


This card was built exactly like the Mummy card but instead of using the All Seasons Tree for the tree iteslf, I used just the clouds that come in the set to create a layered cloudy sky backdrop. 


Litte fun fact about me - I used to collect frogs as a child. I had frog stuffed animals and figurines and the very first rubber stamp I ever purchased was an Inkadinkado jumping frog. As a stamper for many, many years I've collected all sorts of interesting stamps, such as the "It's not easy being green" stamp, (have no idea who made it) and the "Warts New?" stamp (Art Impressions, copyright 1996). I also have one that says "Frog: the other green meat!" (RBBB copyright 1991) but it didn't exactly fit the theme of this fun card to suggest that Hoppy should be fricasseed.


For the front of the card I used the stitched Lorna label decorator die plus a couple more clouds. I snipped out a leg from the Hoppy detail and shadow layers to hold the label. The ribbon is Creative Impressions' Crepe ribbon.


The back wall will give you your first glimpse of a *BRAND NEW* Karen Burniston embossing folder that should be available from Elizabeth Craft Designs soon. It's a layered clouds folder, just perfect for filling in the sky quickly. I brushed ink over the embossed surface to highlight the cloud ridges and then also added clouds from the All Seasons Tree die. The Fly die comes with Hoppy and I attached a few "flying" among the clouds.

Supplies for the Hoppy the Frog Card:

Well I hope you enjoy this technique as much as I do. The Double-Lorna-Extra-Box card is completely generic and can be decorated for any theme. I'd love to see what you come up with! 

For more Spooky September inspiration from the Designer Challenge Team, make sure you head over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog!


Colorado Classes - Simple Pleasures Sept 12-13, 2014

The machines have been humming and the paper flying non-stop all weekend as I continue preparing the class kits for this weekend's trip to my old hometown, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

It's going to be a jam-packed two days of fun at Simple Pleasures. There are two different class options and both classes will be offered on Friday and again on Saturday. Can't make a class? Head on down to the store on Saturday from 1-2pm for a free demo hour and a chance to see the 100 sample cards on display!

Here's the schedule. Call the store for pricing and availability: (719) 528-1338

 Sept 12 (Fri) 

1 – 4:30pm 

**Karen Burniston Holiday/Occasion Pop it Ups Cards 

Karen Burniston 

Sept 12 (Fri) 

5:30 – 9pm 

**Karen Burniston All Occasion Pop It Ups Cards 

Karen Burniston 

Sept 13 (Sat) 


**Karen Burniston All Occasion Cards Pop It Ups Cards 

Karen Burniston 

Sept 13 (Sat) 

1 – 2pm 

Demo Time with Karen Burniston 

Karen Burniston 

Sept 13 (Sat 

3 – 6:30pm 

**Karen Burniston Holiday/Occasion Pop It Ups Cards 

Karen Burniston 

What will you learn in class?

In all of my card classes I include a card made with each category of interactive dies in my Pop it Ups collection. Once you've learned how to make one, you can feel comfortable buying any of the others in that category. The four categories are: Pivot Cards, Pull Cards, General Pop-up Cards and Accordion Cards.

What I always tell my students is not to concern themselves too much with the colors or themes of the cards they make in class. Class day is all about learning the techniques and having blueprints to re-make the cards in other colors and styles later on. You'll receive a detailed handout to be able to remake the cards, and I highly encourage "creative choices" where you make the cards your own.


We will start with a Pivot Card, this time the new Evergreen Pivot Card, decorated as a Halloween card:


Next we'll do a Pull Card - the Spiral Circle Pull Card in a Birthday theme using the Clock & Gears die:


For the general pop-up I am bringing back the class favorite from the May/June class - the Spring Butterflies card with the butterfly-shaped-window (this can be any theme, although you will receive a Thinking of You sticker in your kit)


And finally we'll end with the Merry Christmas Katie Label Accordion project:


If you can't take both classes, you might choose this one if you prefer more sophisticated and/or elegant cards over cute. You'll learn techniques about wallpapering for pivot cards, making window cards that reveal a "flying" object when the card is opened, and tips for Accordion frame edges, as well as learning all four categories of interactive Pop it Ups dies. You'll also use Elizabeth Craft Designs microfine glitter.


We will start with the House Pivot Card in a congrats/housewarming theme:


Next will be the Pull Card, this time incorporating a clear spiral that is used to animate the Props 1 so the frog will change as the card is pulled open, allowing the props to fly off his face. (This one is super fun to play with!) A blank speech bubble allows you to write something personal inside the card.


For the general pop-up we'll use the Lornal Label pop-up and Poppy the Owl:


And for our final card, the Accordion, we will do a birthday theme with mixed pages - two from the Ring Accordion and one from the Circle Accordion. For an added technique, we'll also add the spiral die from the Spiral Circle Pull Card to the accordion, letting the spiral animate the balloons while also revealing a clear panel with a floating greeting.

If you can't take both classes, you might choose this one if you prefer bright "cute" cards. You'll learn techniques about using the interactive dies as decorator dies, assembling the Character dies, using clear spirals and mixing Accordion pages, as well as learning all four categories of interactive Pop it Ups dies. You'll also use Elizabeth Craft Designs microfine glitter on the Cake Peel-off sticker.


  • Scissors
  • Adhesives! Adhesives! Adhesives! 
    • Tape Runner
    • Strong 1/4" tacky tape or Scor tape
    • Mini glue dots (these are flat)
    • Pop dots (these have dimension)
    • Fine glue pen (my favorite is the Fineline 20 gauge applicator bottle filled with Scotch Quick Dry glue)
  • Sanding Block - I will bring some to share, but if you have you're own it makes things go faster
  • Paper Piercer 
  • Crop-a-Dile (this is only for the Holiday class to set an eyelet in the Halloween card) - I will bring mine, so bring this only if you have one
  • Detail scissors and tweezers - optional, but recommended for placing items and detail trimming
  • Brayer - really helpful for mashing down frame edges once you have them placed how you like them
  • Xyron "X" sticker maker - some students prefer to make their small pieces into stickers rather than use glue - optional
  • Coordinating inks and blending tools - absolutely optional, but if you're an inker, feel free!
  • Smart phone or camera for taking photos of the 100 sample cards on display. (seriously - you're going to feel inspired!)

Another reason you should absolutely come to class - the chance to try hundreds of dollars worth of dies before deciding which ones you want to own. Think of it like a test drive. We've cut all the pieces for you, so there's no stress in class and you will leave with four finished cards and no homework. (Other than coloring your cake, which is optional)

We're going to have a ton of fun this weekend - join us!

Pop it Ups Card Class (Scrapp'n Savvy version)

Finishing up my Texas Teaching Tour will be Scrapp'n Savvy this Friday, August 29, 2014 for two class sessions. Since I already taught the House Pivot Card at this store I've substituted a new card using the Evergreen Pivot Card for a spooky Halloween card. The inspiration for this design came from two members of my Designer Challenge team, Donna Wright and Karen Aicken


Here's what you should bring to class:

  • Scissors
  • Adhesives! Adhesives! Adhesives!
    • Tape Runner
    • Strong 0.25" tape (red line tacky or Scor tape)
    • Mini glue dots (these are the kind that are flat, sometimes called "snot dots")
    • Pop dots (highly recommend black pop-dots so they won't show behind the spooky tree)
    • Liquid glue able to be placed in fine areas (I love my Fineline bottle filled with Scotch Quick-Dry glue)
  • Sanding Block (I will also have some to share)
  • Paper Piercer 
  • Crop-a-Dile or Big Bite (something to punch a hole and set a standard eyelet)
  • Optional: Xyron X for small pieces
  • Optional: Brayer to mash down frame edges
  • Optional: Inks to ink edges
  • Recommended: Detail tweezers for placing small items
  • Recommended: Detail scissors for little cuts
  • Recommended: Smart phone or camera to take photos of samples

Looking forward to a day spent with my usual students and meeting some new friends, too!

Sketch style Garden Bench/Poppy card

Recently I saw a piece of ceramic art by Katharine Morling and I was blown away by the look of her pieces, which incorporate black line art onto 3D sculpted everyday shapes.

It inspired me to try this look with my dies to create a pop-up card. All you'll need to replicate this look are some dies, white cardstock and a black pen.

I started with an A2 card but discovered after adding Poppy to the bench that I needed some extra height to the card to hide Poppy in the closed position. I solved the problem with some clouds placed at the top to become a decorative edge/Poppy hider.


It's really quite fun to cut absolutely everything from white cardstock and then just trace/doodle the details as desired. Since I was creating a scene using the Garden Bench, I decided to incorporate some of the pieces from the new ECD Wheelbarrow die by Els van de Burgt. I also used the All Seasons Tree, which comes with the clouds, leaves and flowers, and the Outdoor Edges die for the grass. Poppy the Owl is wearing the hat and glasses from the Props 1 die set. For the card front, I embossed with the Trendy Tiles 1 embossing folder and then traced around the pattern. I used a black gel pen, medium, to do all the detail work on this card.


The greeting stamp is by Texana Designs. Here are supply links for all of the dies used. 

Karen Burniston Pop it Ups Designer Challenge - Characters!

Today I'm blogging on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog with the August Designer Challenge, which is to use any of the three Character Dies (plus Props 1) for a project of any type. Make sure you click over to the ECD blog to see all the amazing projects by the Designer Challenge Team.

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For my project I am teaching how to use the new Spiral Circle Pull Card die for a fun card featuring Poppy the Owl, Props 1 and the All Seasons Tree dies. (clickable supply links at the end of this post

Here is the video tutorial. The first part shows the basics of using the SCPC die, the middle part shows some of the decorated samples by the DC team and the third part shows how to make this specific card.


For this card I cut the spiral from a transparency so the heart tree is visible in the closed position.


Open the card and the spiral expands, lifting the hearts into the air and revealing additional hearts behind them. Poppy the Owl also flips over, revealing a second Poppy for inside the card and exposing the greeting block.


You can see the flying hearts on the spiral in this side view:


My thought is that this would make a great back-to-school card for a child.


Want to make your own version of this card? Here are some shopping links:

Karen Burniston Pop it Ups Designer Challenge - Christmas in July

Last month the Designer Challenge was to use Pop it Ups for Christmas (or other winter holiday) cards. All of the projects can be found on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog here.

For my project I created a Pivot Accordion card and posted a video for how to make this card, plus a second video for how to assemble the Holiday House die. Here are the videos:



Somehow I managed to let an entire month go by without posting this project on my own blog. (eep!) Here are the photos and supply list:


The patterned papers are Echo Park's "Winter Wishes" collection.

Supply List:


16th Birthday Cards for Karl and Emma

Really?! I mean, REALLY?!!! 

How did my twins get to be sixteen?

I'm pretty sure this photo was taken on Tuesday:


But on Wednesday ...


In a couple of weeks they will start their Junior year of high school.


Emma is currently much into Marvel and the Avengers, so for her card I decided to use the new Lorna Label Pop it Ups die along with Chilly the Penguin, dressed as Captain America:


I also used the Katie Stars Frame Edges, including the little stars that drop out of the edges, and the Outdoor Edges to make the wavy edge. After stamping the birthday greeting I used one of the decorator dies from the Fancy Accordion to cut it into a fun label shape. (Supply links at the end of the post)

For Karl's card I made an homage to video games and music - his two favorite things.


Once again I used the Lorna Label Pop it Ups die and embellished with Hoppy the Frog and the glasses from Props1. I made the headphones by cutting two black eye sockets from the Hoppy die and then shaping them into a headphone shape and hand cutting a U-shaped connector. I used twine for the cord and a print-out of an iPad photo. 

Here are some shopping links for the dies used in both cards and the clear stamp for the front of Emma's card:

John's mother is in town visiting and gave the kids SIXTEEN $5 bills each! That was quite a treat and they grew more and more giddy as they kept counting. She also took a photo of the four of us before we all went out for celebratory dinner. Once again, I'm not sure how this was Wednesday...


When I'm pretty sure this was Tuesday...

Kids stairs


Happy Birthday to my beautiful babies!

Happy 40th Birthday - I am the one who knocks...

My little sister turned 40 this week. Yep, my LITTLE SISTER. *gulp*

The fun thing about 40th birthday cards, though, is how black and morbid you can make them. I love that! Some of you may recall the card I made *cough3yearsagocough* for my friend Gretchen's 40th 

Gretchen Bday2

For my sister Julie's card I decided to pay homage to the best show ever: Breaking Bad.

When I designed the Props 1 die I kept thinking how much the pieces could look like Heisenberg with the addition of a goatee. This was a perfect occasion to test that theory, making age "40" the one who knocks.

I looked up a periodic table online to pick some elements to use in the computer-generated title. 


I used the decorator dies from the Oval Accordion to cut an oval shaped window into the front of the card. The Heisenberg pieces (Props 1 + a goatee) are glued inside the card to a decorator oval that becomes the center of the 40 when you open the card.

Oh, and it pops up. Of course.


I used the new Lorna Label die, turned sideways to animate the numbers. The 4 is glued to the box platform and the 0 to the label. I trimmed the label down so it was just a rectangle behind the numbers, not a shaped label.

More elements for the computer-generated Happy Birthday greeting, some black glitter lines to edge the interior and Glossy Accents on Heisenberg and I was done. Oh, and I made a little foldover closure with a couple of hidden magnets, but that's entirely optional. It works great without the closure, too.

The finished card is 5.5" x 5.5" square.


By the way, if you've got a man in your life who has watched Breaking Bad, then this is definitely the card you should make for him. John saw it and was totally jazzed about it - thought it was the best card ever. 

When I created my titles, goatee and the 4 to match the sizing of the ovals I saved my work into a handy PDF file if you want to give this card a try. Shopping links for the dies you'll need are below. The new dies (Props 1 and Lorna Label) are going to show on the website as "Sold Out" but that really means "Coming Soon" - they will be available in local independent stores and online within the next week or so.

Download Heisenberg Happy 40th Pieces

As Jesse Pinkman would say: Yo, happy crafting, b-

VIDEO Tutorial: Floating Clouds Pivot Card

Today I'm teaching a technique for mixing in transparency panels with a Pivot Card die for a floating effect. This works especially well with clouds, but you could do this technique with any shape cut-out (think butterflies, flowers, etc.)

The star of today's card is my new nephew, Michael, born last week to my brother and sister-in-law. Awwww!

Here is the video tutorial:


What I particularly like about this technique is how the cloud holes create the visual interest and no further decorating is needed for the backgrounds. Quick, easy and economical!

Hello Sunshine front

The sun and greeting are from the same Lawn Fawn stamp set (supply links are at the end of this post) and I created shimmer on the sun by coating it with Glossy Accents and then dumping some Diamond Microfine Glitter over it while it was wet. The greeting is stamped in black ink and embossed with clear powder.

Hello Sunshine front

Another economical feature of this card is that it only requires two die sets - the Katie Label Pivot Card and the All Seasons Tree (for the clouds)

Hello Sunshine front

In the video I also show an alternate version of this card, this time in a Birthday theme using the new Hoppy the Frog die (available in stores and online mid-July 2014) The Happy Birthday greeting is a Peel-off sticker.

Hello Sunshine front

For this card I mixed in the larger decorator Katie Label that comes with the new Katie Label Accordion die (available mid-July). It includes the stitching die as well. The beauty of the two Katie Label dies is that the decorator pieces can mix and match between the two die sets but do not duplicate.

Hello Sunshine front

To convert Hoppy into a tree front I cut him from white, orange and patterned green paper and used the white portion for his chin and belly, the orange portion for his feet, eye sockets and mouth, and the green everywhere else. Rather than use the eyes die that comes in the set, I hand cut two almond-shaped pieces of black cardstock and dotted them with a white gel pen for the catchlights. I brushed a littel tan ink over the white parts for distressing and shaded the green portions with a Copic marker. As a final step I snipped off one of his legs and let it hang down from the stick so it would look like he was clinging to the branch.



Everything for the baby version of the card is available now, either at your local stores or online. Shopping links are provided below.

To my American readers, have a safe and happy 4th of July tomorrow!