*SNEAK PEEK* Summer 2014 Pop it Ups Release (part 1)

I am so excited to announce that the Summer 2014 Karen Burniston Pop it Ups release will be shipping to stores the first couple weeks of July.  

The Summer release includes 16 new dies and 1 new embossing folder. Today's Sneak Peek will show you the first 10 dies in the release and then check back in a couple of weeks to see Part 2 of the Sneak Peek.

The Character dies are a new look for me. My Designer Challenge Team is comprised entirely of owl-lovers and they had been asking me to design an owl die. I had so much fun drawing Poppy that I just kept on drawing, adding Hoppy the Frog and Chilly the Penguin. Then, because it's fun to play dress-up, I created a set of Props dies to fit any of the Characters.

Obviously the Characters and Props can be used for flat cards and projects but they are also sized to fit perfectly on any of the Accordion dies, Pivot Cards or General Pop-up dies. You'll see a lot of ideas for the Characters by watching this introductory video, which features assembly instructions as well as a ton of Character cards made by the Designer Challenge Team.


As you saw in the video, the DC team has been churning out great projects using the Characters with the two new Accordion Album dies. The Katie Label Accordion is the same outer dimensions as the Oval Accordion, so you'll be able to mix pages between those two. It folds up into an A2 sized card (4.25" x 5.5") and is designed as a vertical version of the Katie Label shape, which is already available as a Katie Label Pivot Card die. The decorator dies that come with the Katie Label Accordion do not duplicate the decorator dies that come with the Katie Label Pivot Card die set but all decorator dies will coordinate nicely and can be mixed between the two die sets. Two new sets of Frame Edges will fit the Katie Label Accordion - the Holly (which will look like general leaves when cut from Fall colors) and the Stars.

The Ring Accordion Album was requested by Els van de Burgt, the founder and owner of Elizabeth Craft Designs. She had an idea for an accordion album with a circle inside a circle that could be decorated as ornaments for Christmas. I came up with the Ring Accordion design, which features a scalloped frame edge (included with the set) and two sizes of ornament tops in addition to decorator circle dies. Once again, this die will coordinate perfectly with the Circle and Fancy Accordion Albums  but will not exactly duplicate the decorator dies so they can be mixed between the sets for more possiblities.


I have two new Frame Edges sets to fit existing Accordion dies. The Oval Clouds Frame Edges will fit on the Oval Accordion and the Fancy Seasons Frame Edges will fit on the Fancy Accordion

The schedule is to have the entire release (which means these ten dies and six more that I'll show in Part 2) available in stores by July 15, 2014. You will not find ECD products in the big chain craft stores, so make sure you're asking your local independent stores to order them. They can do so directly from Elizabeth Craft Designs or through their sales rep.

The next few weeks is going to be a great time to make sure you've Liked my Facebook Page and followed my Pinterest Boards where you'll find daily links to all of the Designer Challenge Team creations using these dies, as they are now free to share everything they've been creating with the summer release on their own blogs. You're going to LOVE the clever ideas!


Make sure you don't miss next week's Designer Challenge on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog, where the team is taking on the theme of Photo Accordion Albums. You'll see some creations made with the new Ring and Katie Label Accordion Albums as well.

Also stay tuned for Part 2 of the Sneak Peeks, coming in a couple of weeks, where I'll reveal the remaining 6 dies in the Summer release.

Karen Burniston Pop it Ups Designer Challenge - FLY!

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Today I'm blogging on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog for this month's Designer Challenge. Here are the only instructions I gave my team of eleven designers plus three guest designers:

The word is "FLY" - how will you interpret it? Use Pop it Ups for a project showing your vision.

They took the theme and ran flew with it! (See what I did there?) Definitely check out the ECD Blog to see photos and find links to all their amazing creations.

For my project I used the Butterfly Pivot Card along with the Butterfly Accessory Dies and Butterfly Embossing Folder to create a Triple Pivot card. Learn how I did it in this video:


The video has five main subjects:

  • Making a Triple Pivot Card using the Butterfly
  • Dryer Sheet tricks
  • Glittered inlaid butterfly
  • Butterfly Embossing Folder & Die coordination
  • Making Triple Pivot Cards using the Heart, Katie Label and House Pivot Card dies

Lots of content for 12 minutes, so I hope you'll give it a look. (And subscribe!)

Here are photos of my project followed by shopping links.


The video also shows how to get the tripling effect using the other Pivot Card dies:


Shopping Links:

A huge thanks to the amazing Designer Challenge Team (Caz, Donna, Fran, Frances, Gretchen, Helen, Karen, Kelly, Raquel, Shelly and Summer) and to my special guests Jenn Dove, Jennifer Mock and Sandy Diller for their projects for the FLY theme. My mind is soaring with ideas! (See what I did there?)

Secret Word Giveaway Winner for April

Thank you to Vivian, who e-mailed me to politiely inquire about April's giveaway winner since I had not *cough* posted said winner on my blog.

Uh oh.

I had forgotten to choose the winner. Sorry about that.

Rectified. Random.org chose this comment by Joy Hauck:

Loved all the beautiful creations by the design team and I’m looking forward to getting the new house die and the other soon to be revealed ones too!

Joy was supposed to win her very own House Pivot Card die set plus the All Seasons Tree set. However, since Joy had already purchased both dies, she chose to receive the Fancy Accordion Album and Fancy Frame Edges instead. Those will be speeding their way to Canada soon.

House Prize Pack

How did Joy win this glorious prize? She is a subscriber to my mailing list and receives one e-mail a month (seriously - it's all I can muster) where she is informed of the Secret Word. She left a comment on the Designer Challenge post using the Secret Word (it was "house") and just like that she was entered into the drawing. 

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Congratulations, Joy!

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Pop it Ups + Peel-offs = Perfection!

One of the many things I love about working with Elizabeth Craft Designs is having the opportunity for Els van de Burgt to work her magic with my dies. She has such an amazing style, so rich with sparkle and layers. I love everything she creates and especially what she creates with (and for!) the Pop it Ups dies.

Els has been designing and commissioning new Peel-off stickers to perfectly match the Pop it Ups dies. 

One such Peel-off is the Roses in Oval, which matches the Oval Accordion die. I've been using this beautiful Peel-off in my current card class, making this project:


For a short period, the Oval Accordion die was out of stock, so I remade the class project using the Circle Roses Peel-off sticker, which fits on the Circle Accordion die. As you can see, it's the exact same project, just with a swap of die and sticker.


For my upcoming classes at Clipper Street Scrapbook Company, in Langley, BC, Canada, I will be teaching both the Oval Roses project and this Fancy Accordion project using the new Flower Labels 2 Peel-offs that fit the Fancy Accordion die perfectly:


Need a quick lesson in how to use the Accordion Albums? Check out this great video by Els. You'll also see the fantastic Owl Circle Peel-off stickers that fit the Circle Accordion die plus great samples by Kelly Booth and Frances Byrne.


Here are shopping links for all of the Accordion Albums, coordinating Frame Edge dies, plus all the choices for coordinating Peel-off stickers: 

But wait! There's even more!

Els also did this fantastic video showing how to use the Pivot Card dies. 


The House is the newest Pivot Card die and you can watch a video tutorial here.


The Butterfly Pivot die comes with all the decorator pieces, but also coordinates perfectly with the Butterflies Embossing Folder and the Butterfly Accessory Dies. 


The Heart Pivot Card can be used year round for a variety of all-purpose Love themes, so don't think it's just a Valentines Day die!


Finally, the Katie Label Pivot Card includes a great variety of labels for decorating, and many times I find myself reaching for the Katie Labels to decorate other cards as well. 


Here are shopping links for all four Pivot Card dies, the coordinating dies/folders and the coordinating Peel-offs to fit the Katie Label Pivot Card:

Pop it Ups House Pivot Card #902 in stores now!

So here's one good thing about me neglecting my blog for weeks - I was completely oblivious to Typepad being down for several days this week! Tra-la-la!

Oh sure, I could have played that differently, maybe something like "I have been trying and trying to get a post up, but Typepad has been down. Quite frustrating since I am so DILIGENT to have NEW POSTS up all the TIME!

Except that wouldn't be quite true. 

Or any true.

Quite false, in fact.

Because things have been so busy, you see. I've been insanely busy with teaching a bunch of classes, getting new die designs sent in, last-minute tax preparation, eating crawfish, pulling together the April Designer Challenge post and . . . oh yeah . . . launching a new die!


The House Pivot Card die is now available at independent retailers around the world. Check with your local store because they might already have it in stock, if they order direct from Elizabeth Craft Designs. If they order from a distributor it's going to take longer.

You can learn how to use this die by watching this video tutorial.



Supply Links: 

If you watched the video you got to see some of the amazing cards made by the Karen Burniston Design Team. I've assembled those here with links to their associated blog posts if you'd like to look at them closer, see the card fronts, see their specific supply lists, tips, etc. (In other words, click away!) 

Els van de Burgt, the owner and founder of Elizabeth Craft Designs, created this wonderful cabin card, which she posted recently on the ECD Facebook Page. Notice the smoke coming out of the chimney and her different height trees made with the Five Part Pine Tree die


Frances Byrne turned the House die into a dog house and embellished with cute dog stamps, the label from the Lucy Label Pop it Ups die and the All Seasons Tree.


Gretchen Schmidt also used the house for a dog house card but the cards are very different. This is the wonderful thing about die cutting, where YOU choose your theme, colors and textures. Gretchen used the grass from the Garden Bench die and the stitched oval from the Oval Accordion for the door.


Donna Wright made a lovely friend card, which uses the House, Garden Bench Grass, All Seasons Tree and the Fancy Frame Edges die to make a cool partial border.


Frances Byrne has the best sentiment stamps, including this one that says Love lives Here. How perfect! Love her use of additional fence cuts (I suspect the seam is behind the little boy) to create a longer fence for the left half of the card.


The house die is going to be perfect for Christmas cards, as Gretchen Schmidt illustrates here with her adorable gingerbread house card. Notice the stamped peppermint sticks cut out with the extra picket die - love that! She also used the Agatha Edges and the snowflake from the All Seasons Tree on this card.


Helen Cryer made this positively lovely coral and white house creation. I like how she separated the window boxes from a second set of die-cut window frames and glued them over the top for contrast. The individually cut leaves to decorate the All Seasons Tree die look great.


The colors in this next card by Kelly Booth are so bright and fun. She's embellished with adorable Stacey Yacula stamps and a label from the Katie Label Pivot Card die set. Kelly also made two-tone window frames/boxes and also added a wire smoke wisp.


Kelly Booth made a second card, also with a wire smoke wisp but this time using the All Seasons Tree and a decorator die from the Fancy Accordion Album. Love her sponged cloudy sky, too.


Raquel Mason really thought outside the house with her cards. For this first one, she fashioned the house into a bird house, using the Redbreasts Peel-off Stickers (one of my favorites!).


When I first told the design team about this die I mentioned some adaptations that they could try. All I had to say was "you can reverse the folds and the fence will be on the front" and Raquel Mason was on it! She came up with this great Dream Home card, featuring the die folded opposite.


This next card, the UP house, has been quite the "crowd favorite" with the students in my classes. Raquel Mason added a clear platform from the Lots of Pops die above the house to have a way to attach all of her balloons, cut from Shimmer Sheetz and embossed. 


Raquel Mason hasn't run out of good ideas yet! Another adaptation I mentioned to the team was that they could line up either the house or the fence side of the die over a folded card to double it and make a double-house card or a double-fence card. Leave it to Raquel to not only try the technique, but also to flip the double house over and decorate it like a man's vest! Now that's CLEVER!!! 


But wait! She didn't stop with a double-house-flipped-vest card . . . she also made a sand castle card using the double-house technique! Way to go, Raquel Mason!

PIU ECD DT Sandcastle House Pivot inside

Gretchen, Frances, Kelly, Helen and Raquel were the Design Team members who were available to "drop everything" and make some sample cards on very short notice. We have since sent out the die to the rest of the team and it's been showing up in their mailboxes this week. I expect a lot more House Pivot Card inspiration to start hitting the Facebook Page in the days and weeks ahead, so definitely give the page a "Like" so you don't miss any of their wonderful creations.

If you'd like to learn how to use the House Pivot Card in person and you live in the Houston area, you can join me on Saturday, April 26th, at Scrapp'n Savvy for a Pop it Ups class. The morning session is full, I believe, but the afternoon session has space. Call the store for details. We will make these four cards:


Pop it Ups Upcoming Classes

It's a busy time around here as I gear up for a bunch of upcoming teaching trips.

First up I will be teaching at Kept Creations in Whitman, MA on Thursday, March 27th from 6-9 pm with this card class:

*Note* the Funky Cakes Peel-off Sticker sheet includes 5 different styles of birthday cake, so each kit gets one cake, not necessarily the one photgraphed, but equally nice!


Next, I head to Framingham, MA for The Collins Rep Group Spring Retailer Training Event, where I will be teaching two classes, a Make 'n Take, and co-teaching a Workshop with Els van de Burgt.

The first class, Easy Pop it Ups Pivot Cards, is sold out. We will be making a card with each of the three Pivot Card dies in the first Pop it Ups release - the Heart, the Butterfly and the Katie Label. Two of the cards feature new Embossing Folders that have just shipped out to stores.


The next class has a few spots left, at last check. This is the General Pop it Ups card class, where we focus on the three general pop-ups, the Garden Bench, the Lots of Pops and the Lucy Label. Again, you'll see some of the new embossing folders used on these cards as well.

*Note* the Ladybug card was hard to photograph because of the Shimmer Sheetz but in person the two large ladybugs are very shimmery red - quite striking.


I do not have photographs yet of the Workshop projects, but it is also sold out. Els is in Australia, but before she left she designed two brand-new Peel-off Sticker sheets to coordinate with the Fancy Accordion Album and the Katie Label Pivot Card. Those two Peel-offs will be debuted in the workshop, along with a third project that I cannot reveal yet! (ooooh! suspense!!!)

The Store Class #1 (Birthday, Butterfly, Smile Bench Card, Roses Oval Accordion) will be taught at these upcoming stores and events:

Hope to see you at one of these events!

Karen Burniston Pop it Ups Designer Challenge - Spring & Easter Cards

I'm blogging on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog today with the March Pop it Ups Designer Challenge for Spring & Easter cards. You'll definitely want to check out the eighteen amazing projects by the Designer Challenge team plus a guest designer.



In addition to the Spring/Easter creations by the team, I have a new video tutorial for this Easter Garden Bench + Lots of Pops card. I had a lot of tips to share for this card, and I listened to those of you who requested that I slow down a bit. I'd love your feedback on whether this video length is better - around 15 minutes instead of under 10 minutes. 


The video covers a variety of subjects including:

  • How to fold the Garden Bench and Lots of Pops dies.
  • Cutting the Lots of Pops die into separate platforms to add next to the Bench.
  • The sponge-around-a-template technique for the sky and grass, including inlaid grass and cloud details.
  • Tips for using the All Seasons Tree.
  • Suspending the Butterfly Accessory dies on wires.
  • How to get the black/white texture on the Poles
  • How to extend the length of the Fancy Frame Edges to fit a 6x6 card, plus add glitter.

Right? Everything but the kitchen sink! Here are some photos:







Here are some supply links for the products used in the video:


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Just this week I received an e-mail saying that my account was chosen as a 2013 All Star winner. It said in the e-mail that only 10% of their accounts are chosen for this honor and among the criteria for being chosen were:

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  • Regular contact with your audience

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Pop it Ups Oval Dots Frame Edges in Positive and Negative

Today I'm sharing a quick Oval Accordion card using a fun technique with the Oval Dots Frame Edges.


The Oval Dots Frame Edges are used in the usual manner on Page 1, cut from green and attached to the white Oval Accordion page. On Page 2, however, I've used a negative frame, cut from white using the Oval Dots Frame Edges as follows: (You can click any photo to make it larger to read the text)


02_Trim_to_Frame 03_Die_Cut_Edges 04_After_First_two_Edges 05_Die_Cut_other_edges 06_Results

Isn't that fun? For my project I trimmed away all the outer parts of the negative frame so I just had the inner oval with attached dots and glued that white decorator piece to my teal page.


For my oval decorations I used Peel-off stickers and a Hello die. All the supplies are linked below.

On Page 1, I used the Oval Roses Peel-off stickers by using a Transfer Sheet to pick up all the black parts of the Rose and adding them to white cardstock where I had already applied Double Sided Adhesive. I used Cool Diamond Microfine Glitter in the "grout" and rubbed it in well. Next I colored in the grout with alcohol markers (I used Copics BG15, BG18 and G24) After coloring I cut out the oval with scissors, layered it on a slightly larger oval from the Oval Accordion set, and glued it on Page 1.


For Page 2 I started with the largest two oval decorator dies from the Oval Accordion set. The bigger one is a solid and the smaller is a stitched die. I nested them together and cut them from thick white cardstock. I die cut the Hello die from the scraps of glittered white cardstock and from a section of unused (solid black) peel-off sticker material on the rose sheet that was big enough for the die. I colored the glitter with the same colors of alcohol markers and then layered the black Hello over the colored Hello for a shadow look. The Flourish Peel-offs came from the Flowers with Doodles sheet and then I added Glitter dots in all the loops. 


So what do you think? Pretty fun to use the Oval Dots Edges this way to make two usable frames from one Oval Accordion page.

In other subjects, have you "Liked" my Karen Burniston Designer Facebook Page? Every day I link as many new Pop it Ups projects as I can find around the web. Today, for example, I linked EIGHT inspiring projects. It's like having a free idea book, DAILY, in your News Feed. Please "Like" the page and also invite your friends to Like it, too. We're giving away prizes as we reach milestones (getting close to 3,000 LIKES, which equals . . . you guessed it . . . prizes!) Honestly, I feel like the amazing designers from all over the world who share their talents using my dies are in need of a bigger audience and I'd love your help to make that happen! 


Here are links to the Elizabeth Craft Designs supplies I used to make my Rose Oval Accordion project:

Two Tone Glitter Cards PLUS February Secret Word Giveaway Winner


I have a new project on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog with a picture tutorial for how to make these cool two-tone glittered Fancy Frame Edges to fit the Fancy Accordion Album. This is a really fun technique that will work with any dies.

Since I still had the supplies out, I thought I would make up a quick Thank You card using the rest of the patterned paper and the two-tone glitter technique on a Butterfly Pivot Card.


The card itself is A2-sized (4.25" x 5.5" when folded) and cut from Basic Grey "Corset" double-sided patterned paper. Since the patterned paper was not as stiff as cardstock, I used a backing strip behind the card, cut from a clear transparency so it would provide invisible support.


I let the patterned paper do all the work for me as the background of the card. I only added strips of washi tape to the front and interior of the card.


For the first butterfly I used the solid decorator butterfly, cut from a scrap of red patterned paper, and covered with double-sided adhesive. The masking liner was cut with the butterfly overlay die. Both these decorater dies come included with the Butterfly Pivot Card die set. I used Warm Silk Diamond Microfine Glitter first, then removed the masking liner and used Basic Black Silk Microfine Glitter. I also glittered the butterfly body (also included in the set) and glued it over the top.


 For the second butterfly I again used the largest solid butterfly, cut from red patterned paper and covered with double-sided adhesive as the background. The overlay masks were cut using the small butterfly die that comes in the set. I arranged the masks over the adhesive, used the Basic Black glitter first, and then Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter. Over dark papers you can see the difference in the two Diamond glitters - the warm has gold tones and the cool has blue tones.


For a greeting I stamped the Thank You stamp (Stampin' Up!) onto patterned paper and used a decorator die from the Fancy Accordion Album to cut it out.

Here are supply links for the two-tone glitter cards. The picture tutorial for this technique is on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

FEBRUARY DESIGNER CHALLENGE "Secret Word" Giveaway Winner -

Congratulations to Glenda P., who was randomly chosen as the winner of the February Secret Word Giveaway. Members of my Mailing List receive one e-mail a month, normally on Designer Challenge Day, with the secret word to include in their comment on the Designer Challenge Post. This month the secret word was "pivot" and the prize will be a Pivot Card Die Prize Pack chosen by Glenda. Here are her choices:

Butterfly Pivot Prize Pack - #767 & #773
Heart Pivot Prize Pack = #775 & #782
Katie Label Pivot Card Prize Pack - #768 & #782







 Glenda P. I am in love with all of your pivot and accordion card dies. They are so clever and so well received by recipients of one of these cards. I look forward to seeing each new idea that you present.

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Butterfly Tree Card

So today I have something quite unusual for me . . . a card front only!

Yep, I made a good old fashioned regular card.

I jot notes all the time. It would be great if they were all tidy in a notebook, but the truth is that they end up on little scraps of paper that end up in the junky heap or thrown on the floor, etc. (I'm not neat, you see.) Anyway, I came across a couple of those notes and decided to combine them. One said "Butterflies in the tree. Rainbow colors?" and the other said "Tree as a hole"


Now with such an excellent game plan this should have been a very quick card, but not so much.

The background cardstock is the last little bit of a coated wood cardstock that I picked up in the U.K. years ago. It was by Inspire Me Papers, but I don't see this particular cardstock on their website.

Anyway, I die cut the All Seasons tree from a 4" x 5.25" piece of the wood cardstock, added foam tape behind the piece, mounted it on a dark brown A2 card (4.25" x 5.5" folded) where I had already added a border of yellow patterned washi tape and figured it was time for rainbow butterflies.

Except I just kept staring at that monotone wood-colored background and feeling like it "needed something".

It ended up getting a whole lot of somethings.

  1. Oh I know! How about I whitewash the wood with a white paint dauber? I'll do it all streaky-like, so the original wood color comes through.
  2. Huh. This cardstock is coated. I forgot. The paint really IS streaky - almost beady. Not sure I like this.
  3. Oh say! Where's that giant woodgrain stamp from Hero Arts? I'll stamp it over the white paint and it will add woodgrain to the background. Brilliant idea! The cardstock is coated, so I'd better use Staz-on ink so it will show up.
  4. Wow, Staz-on black ink is really dark.
  5. I wonder what would happen, since this is coated cardstock, if I took strips of removable Scotch tape and pressed them over the background and then ripped them off, eyebrow-waxing-style?
  6. Hey, this is kind of cool!

I do like the background, although it is teetering on the edge of being too busy for this particular card. However, I was determined to complete my original idea so I could throw away the notes. 

The tiny Butterfly die comes in the Butterfly Pivot Card die set. The grass comes from the Garden Bench die.  Links to all my supplies are at the end of this post.

I die cut the grass several times from two colors of green and then layered them at the bottom of the card. Next I stamped the "Find your Happy" stamp on white cardstock, added stripes with the same Copic markers I had picked out for the butterflies, and then cut out the greeting close to the words and glued it over the grassy area.


I lined the edges of the card with Glitter Border Peel-off Stickers.

For the butterflies, I first applied Elizabeth Craft Designs double-sided adhesive to a piece of white cardstock and then die cut fourteen small butterflies - enough to do each rainbow color twice. I applied Warm Diamond Silk Microfine glitter to each one, pressed the glitter into the adhesive really well with my fingers, and then applied a spot of bold Copic color to the center of each butterfly. I used the Copic Blender pen to disperse the spot of color out to the wings. 


If you'd like to make your own rainbow Butterfly Tree card, with or without happy accident distressed wood background, here are the links to the supplies I used:

One last thing for Facebook users. If you have not already "liked" my Facebook Page, I hope you will take a second to do so. Every day I link several amazing card ideas from my Designer Challenge Team and other folks around the web using my dies. It's a great source of inspiration.