Karen Burniston (KB Riley) with Sassy and Crafty Instagram and Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Karen Burniston (KB Riley) & Sassy and Crafty Blog Hop! Our Design Team members are excited to share their inspiring creations using some of the fabulous products from both these companies.
 
To celebrate our blog hop we have four great prizes to give away. You will have the chance to win one of two $25 Gift Certificates to use on the Karen Burniston (KB Riley) website or one of two $25 Gift Certificates to use on Sassy and Crafty website.
 
Make sure you join the hop and comment on everyone's blog post for your chance to win one of these prizes. Winners will be randomly chosen from the comments left on ALL THE POSTS received by Saturday 15th May 2021.
 
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For my card I created a 5x6 window card and used the Bitty Ball Pop-up die set with the billboard technique and then decorated with the Sassy and Crafty Read, Relax, Repeat stamp set. To make the window, billboard and circle embellishments I used our Crosshatch Circles set. For the closure I used our Flap and Closure die set.
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The billboard technique is a great way to use either of our pop-up ball dies to animate a large canvas to hold stamped images.
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Tanya made two awesome cards for the hop. This first one uses our new Slim Flaps and Frames die set to make a 4x9 four panel slimline. 
 
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Inside she's animated the Sassy and Crafty Cheers stamp set using our Mini Pops Pop-up die set.
 
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Tanya also made a second card and it's a stunner! For the front of this 5x7 card she added to opposite flaps from our Flap and Closure die, surrounding a Crosshatch Circle and Thank You. 
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Inside is pure magic! Tanya used our Photo Collage Pop-up to animate the Sassy and Crafty Sugar Rush stamp set. She used our big script You're Sweet! greeting, plus our Border Blends-Party. Amazing!
 
Ready to keep hopping? Here are the participants in the blog hop. Be sure to leave comments to be in the running to win website cash from both companies. 
 
 

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 45 - NEW!

Happy May! 

This month we're focusing on our April 2021 collection of dies. My video tutorial is the assembly video for our new Slim Flaps and Frames die set. This die set creates the flaps to subdivide a 4x9 slimline into four flaps, suitable for holding several of our pop-ups. In the video I show how to use it with our Upsy Daisy Pop-up die set.

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Learn how to make this card by watching the full assembly video:

My card measures 4" x 9" in the closed position. Instead of using magnets to keep the flaps closed I opted for a wrap twine closure where I added a small flap at the bottom and the washers/spacers from the Flap and Closure die set.

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Inside I've used the Upsy Daisy Pop-up to make three pop-up scalloped squares. I also used the Garden Charms die set for some of the decorations and our Happy Spring as the greeting.

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The two patterned papers I used are older ones from my stash. The large floral/medallion print is SEI. The small blue floral print is Echo Park. This card, however, lends itself well to any colors/patterns/theme. Simply use the video as a template for your own customization. Ready to give it a try? Here are the products I used in the video:

Now let's take a look at the incredible cards made by the Design Team for this month's challenge.

Kelly Booth used the challenge as the inspiration to make a special birthday card for her brother. Kelly demonstrates perfectly how well new dies integrate with previously released dies. She's used the new Tiny Trees Pop-up along with the Tent Pop-up and others. Click her name to visit her blog post and see more photos, including the cute way she hung the Camping Charms lantern from the tree. Also follow her on Instagram @kellybooth

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Karen Aicken has featured the new Tiny House Pop-up and Happy Mother's Day greeting in a gorgeous card. You'll want to click her name to see the blog post, which includes a video walkthrough of her card. Karen shows off the way the roof die also stamps a shingle pattern onto the roof - all in one step! Follow Karen on Instagram @karenaicken

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Fran Sabad created a whole kingdom in one card featuring the new Waterfall Card die plus all of royalty dies. She used the Flowers Pattern Plate as the card background and created beautiful scenes in each panel of the waterfall. Be sure to click her name to see the rest of the photos and follow her on Instagram @fransabad

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Sandy Diller had the perfect stamp set to show off with a horizontal Waterfall Card but the stamps were too large for the panels. Sandy cleverly made larger panels to allow her to still use the mechanism of the die to animate the cake disappearing. How delightful! Make sure you click her name to see the video of this card in action. You can also follow Sandy on Instagram @diller_sandy

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Lois Bak knew what she wanted to do for the challenge because the team posts their cards the day before. That made it May the 4th and her love for all things pop culture inspired her choice to decorate with Luke, Chewie and the gang. She's used the Waterfall Card die set in a slimline card. Be sure to click her name to see the rest of the photos on her blog.

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Frances Byrne was inspired by a comment from former team member Shelly Hickox musing that the Tiny House Pop-up would work wonderfully as Dorothy's house in Oz. Frances had the perfect stamps to create the idea and used the Slim Flaps and Frames with two flaps joined to create a center flap large enough for the house. She also used the Tiny Trees Pop-up in the bottom flap. Click her name to see more of this card. Also follow her on Instagram @stampowl

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ANNOUNCEMENT!

Many of you have been following my blog and monthly challenges all the way back to my licensed artist days with other companies. To reward the members of our mailing list I started doing a "Secret Word Giveaway" every month and any blog comments that incorporated the secret word were entered into a monthly drawing for free dies. This last year we took away the requirement to use the secret word and instead we just draw a name from all blog comments to win a $50 credit to our website. Well we're changing it up!

Starting this month, we're splitting the prize and you can enter (and win) either or both ways. Leave a comment on this blog post to be in the running for a $25 credit to our website. I will announce the winner in the next month's newsletter and by e-mail. 

Your other way to win is by taking on the challenge to make your own challenge card. It can be inspired by my video or by any of the team's cards or it can be your own original take on the challenge theme. We're calling this monthly challenge "Mission Poppable."

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Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to make your own card following this month's challenge theme of "New Dies." You must incorporate at least one new die from our  APRIL 2021 RELEASE into your card. Post your card on Instagram using the hashtag #missionpoppable OR on our Facebook Group Karen Burniston Pop-up Peeps OR both. Be sure to use the hashtag so we can find your card. You have until the next Designer Challenge date (June 2, 2021) to complete your mission. This message will not self-destruct because I don't know how to do that.

We will choose a winner by random draw from all the cards for a $25 credit to our website. The winner will be contacted via messenger or e-mail. 

Make sure if you're posting on the Karen Burniston Pop-up Peeps Facebook Group that you follow the rules of the group. Outside product is allowed, but not for the pop-up portion of the card. Cards posted on the group must heavily feature our brand. You can find us on Instagram @karenburnistonbrand and also my personal account @karenburniston

Happy Crafting!

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Karen Burniston April 2021 Release Blog Hop

Welcome to our Karen Burniston Products - KB Riley LLC April Release Blog Hop. The Design Team and I have come together today for a fun blog hop to celebrate the release of 12 new dies. Sneak peeks of the new release started last week, and the dies are available to order NOW!
 
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This release includes:
5 new Interactive Die Sets - Waterfall Card; Tiny House Pop-up; Mushroom Tiny House Add-Ons; Tiny Trees Pop-up; Flower Pivot Panels
3 new sentiment sets - Happy Mother's Day; Happy Father's Day & Welcome
1 new Charm Set - Tool Charms
1 new Stand Alone Die Set - Picnic Elements
1 new Slimline Die Set - Slim Flaps & Frames
Dies are available to order now on the website.
 
GIVEAWAY:
To celebrate the release each stop on the hop will be giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to some lucky person who comments, so make sure you join the hop and comment on everyone's blog post. Winners will be randomly chosen from ALL of the blog hop comments received on our blog posts by Monday, April 26th 2021. Lots of chances to win some goodies, so just leave a comment on this post or any other blog hop posts to enter! Don't forget to leave some way for us to contact you, in case you are a lucky winner!
 
For my post I'm sharing the Assembly Videos for the Tiny House Pop-up, Mushroom Tiny House Add-ons and Tiny Trees Pop-up.

The Tiny House Pop-up makes an adorable little pop-up house that also features a roof die that is also a stamp! Simply add ink to the die before die cutting and the shingle pattern will be automatically stamped onto the piece during the die cutting process. This is a wonderful new advance in die technology and look for more of these types of hybrid dies in future releases.


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With the Mushroom Tiny House Add-ons set you can convert the Tiny House into a Mushroom House. 

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Another brand new die set that coordinates well with the Tiny House and Mushroom Tiny House is the new Tiny Trees Pop-up. Learn the assembly of this die here:

The Tiny Trees Pop-up die set includes 16 individual dies to make decorating for any season a breeze. This die set also includes a nifty fold splitter to move the trees off of the center fold and collapse them at different angles. This allows for multiple trees to be installed in the same card and at locations off of the center fold for a realistic orchard scene. Make sure you check out our Tree Fruit die if you like the Tiny Trees Pop-up.

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Ready to keep on hopping? Here are the links to the other stops on the hop:

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Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 44 - Yummy!

Welcome to our April Designer Challenge with a theme of YUMMY! I challenged the team to make cards that feature something delicious.

I chose to make my card as an ode to chocolate. 

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This card features two Spinner Squares inside a slimline card, plus a variety of chocolate treats made using our charm sets. Learn how to make this card by watching the full YouTube tutorial:

This card measures 4" x 9" in the closed position and can be mailed in a No. 10 business envelope. The front is meant to look like a big chocolate bar. It's made using a combination of our Long Crosshatch Rectangles, a square from the Spinner Square and our Alphabet set.

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As the card opens the two spinner arms start to move.

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Once open, the greeting is revealed and a decadent array of chocolate treats are layered on the pop-up squares.

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All of the squares and the lacy frame come included in the Spinner Square die set. For the chocolate treats, I combined pieces from several charm sets, including Treasure, Camping, Love and Fast Food.

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This double-opposite-spinner-square-slimline (say that five times fast!) is a very generic technique that can be decorated for any theme. Here are the products used on my version:


Now let's take a look at all the delicious inspiration from our talented design team. I encourage you to click their names to visit their blog posts, where you will find supply lists, more photos, explanations and, in some cases, videos!

Karen Aicken's idea of "yummy" is right up my alley! She made a very clever and beautiful gatefold Circle Charm Pop-up in a slimline card and decorated it in a wine theme. The shimmer cardstock adds such a soft elegance to the card. 

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Frances Byrne combined fabulous colors for this top-fold slimline featuring the Ice Cream Sundae Pop-up and our Border Blends. It's a very clever design with a shortened card panel, allowing the greeting to be viewed in both the closed and open position. Yummy, indeed!

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Fran Sabad celebrated the delicious decadence of fast food in this clever Explosion Pop-up card. Her styling on the Fast Food charms is divine, and I love the two-tone Party Border Blends. The front medallion made with French fries is so eye-catching!

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Sandy Diller made a top fold slimline full of pop-up cupcakes and my mouth is watering! She brilliantly combined three Upsy Daisy mechanisms to animate the cupcakes and includes a full video tutorial for how she did it. The colors on this are so vibrant and cheery!

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Lois Bak used the Circle Tag Book to make this sweet birthday card. She glued the tag book inside a larger card for more real estate. I love the combination of dies here. It's a great illustration of how the decorator pieces from multiple sets can combine into a custom card.

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Kelly Booth finishes us up this month with this stunning Coffee Cup Pop-up card featuring a garland of yummy treats on the front. Everything about this card, from the colors to the shading to the clever mini-cup-on-the-cup styling is awesome!

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Well hopefully you're both inspired and hungry!

Join us next month on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 for our next challenge with a theme of NEW DIES! We'll all be making cards featuring our April 2021 release. New dies will be available in stores at the end of next week and on our website starting April 19, 2021.

Happy Crafting!

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Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 43: Black & White and a Pop of ???

Happy March!

For our challenge this month I asked the team to make cards that are primarily black and white but feature a "pop" of any other color. The cards are spectacular as ever so be sure to scroll down to see the images and links.

For my card and video I thought the color scheme lent itself well to a birthday card for John. I chose red as my "pop" color.

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This card uses one of our staple pop-up dies from our first release, the Twist Panel Pop-up. Decorating as a side-fold card instead of top-fold creates a different look to the die set. The panels end up being landscape instead of portrait. I also incorporated some of our newer die sets, including the Slim Frames, which fit on the Twist Panel perfectly, Mini-Pops Pop-up and Gnome and Santa. Learn how to make this card by watching the full YouTube tutorial here:

This card measure 5x6 in the closed position and can easily be mailed in an A7 envelope.

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The wonderful thing about making cards with dies is that they're so easily duplicated into any other color scheme. Here's the same card front in different colors/theme:

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Open the card to reveal the Twist Panel. Spirals from the Mini Pops set are used to create more interactive elements.

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Here's the alternate color scheme, where instead of a birthday card it's a "happy day" card.

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The spirals add more whimsy to the cards, expanding as the Twist Panel expands. For the birthday card I also used the smaller angled platform from the Mini Pops to animate the numbers.

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On the alternate card I didn't use the angled platform but did add hearts to the spirals.

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Want to give this card a try? Here are the supplies used. In both cases I just used patterned papers from my stash.

Ready for some additional black/white and pop inspiration? Our talented design team is hear to inspire you. Click on their names to go to their blog posts, where you'll find additional photos, supply lists and, in some cases, videos.

Sandy Diller used one of my favorite pop-ups, the Paper Frames Pop-up, for a striking birthday card with black/white and a pop of red. The star motif is perfect for any recipient and I love the way the white elements pop against the other colors. Super!

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Frances Byrne created a stunning Fancy Label Accordion in a wedding theme. The black/white/gold color scheme is so elegant and perfect for the occasion. I love her choice to add a solid panel as the final panel. So pretty!

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Karen Aicken used pink for her pop color and this Cupcake Pop-up card has such a vibrant and modern feel. I also love her choice to use the cupcake in a thinking of you card instead of birthday. Cupcakes for any occasion is a firm yes! Love it!

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Kelly Booth used her favorite color, teal, as her pop color. Using zebra stamps (MFT) was a great choice for the theme and I love the mix of polka-dot papers with the stamps and dies. The pop-up die on this one is the Circle Tag Book, a great choice for showcasing stamps. Such a fun card!

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Fran Sabad chose gold as a pop color and made this gorgeous Upsy Daisy Pop-up card. I love her choice to color her background stamp in shades of gray except for the occasional "pop" of gold. She also incorporated die cut flowers on the pop-up. Lovely!

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Lois Bak made this card in honor of a friend who passed away a few years ago and loved the color scheme of black/white/red. I love Lois's choice to honor her friend with such a sweet and meaningful card. The slimline size is perfect for the Cupcake Pop-up, especially when paired with angled Mini Pops platforms to animate the smaller cupcakes. What a wonderful tribute to her friend.

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Join us next month on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 for our next challenge with a theme of YUMMY! We'll be incorporating sweet treats into our cards.

Happy Crafting!

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Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 42: Heart Tree Pop-up Card

Happy February!

For our challenge this month we are incorporating hearts into a card of any theme. For my card and video I cover the Christmas Tree Pop-up with hearts from the Love Charms to create a heart pop-up tree.

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Learn how to make this card by watching the full YouTube video:

This card measures 5" x 6" when closed and will mail in an A7 envelope. For the front of the card I used our Border Blends - Argyle plus the Love Charms.

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Open the card and the heart tree pops up. The labels come from the Paper Frames Pop-up set and the greeting is from Word Set 9 - Love.

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The Christmas Tree is covered in hearts, mostly from the Love Charms, but also incorporating some small hearts from the Paper Frames Pop-up and the Heart Pivot Panels set. The conversation hearts are cut out of a thick white cardstock and then rolled with an inked brayer using various Distress Oxide inks.

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Want to give this card a try? Here are the links for the products used on my heart tree card:

Now let's take a look at the wonderful creations by our talented Design Team. For each of these cards you can click on the name of the designer to go to their blog post for more photos, supply lists and, in some cases, videos.

Fran Sabad chose non-traditional colors for this soft and sweet Valentine featuring the Paper Frames Pop-up and the Safari Animals. It's so serene and pretty with the pastels.

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Sandy Diller combined the Twist Panel Pop-up with the Heart Pivot Panels for this exquisite love-themed card. The metallic papers add a touch of shine and the combination of patterns is delightful.


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Karen Aicken made this delightful Happy Anniversary card by turning the Cupcake Pop-up into a generic platform using a rectangle die. She then decorated with a cute couple made with our Gnome and Santa die set. The hearts, the rainbow, the confetti paper - what a delight!

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Kelly Booth created this fabulous four-panel slimline in a Love theme. I adore how she styled the frames on the front with the Tiles Pattern Plate for texture. Inside, the Mini Pops set is used to animate her little vignettes, including Love Charms and owls from our Feathered Animals set. Fabulous!

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Lois Bak made this eye-popping black and red Valentine featuring the Rockin' Rectangle Pop-up die set. I love how she created a shadow layer for the greeting die by tracing the die onto black cardstock and cutting it out. She also extended the arrow from the Love Charms to fit her large heart. Perfect!

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Frances Byrne created this slimline card with an offset gatefold card and it's fabulous! I particularly like how she used the Slim Frames with mirror cardstock for this high fashion card. The mirror is animated using the Mini Pops Pop-up die set.

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Join us next month on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 for our next Designer Challenge. The theme is BLACK, WHITE & A POP OF ?.

Happy Crafting!

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Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 41: Pompom Slimline Pop-up Card

Happy New Year!

We're kicking off 2021 with a simple challenge theme - Thinking of You. It's more important than ever to check in on your friends and family and the perfect way is with a cheerful card.

For my card and video I was inspired by a class card I designed with a pompom closure. I was also inspired by the Pantone colors of the year. The result is a slimline card with a gatefold opening, pompom closure and Mini Pops pop-up inside. 

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Watch the full YouTube tutorial to learn this technique:

The card measures 3.5"x 8.5" when closed. It will fit in a No. 10 business envelope but will require extra postage because of the pompom. I used our Slim Frames, Border Blends - Party and Word Set 10 on the front of the card, along with flowers from the Woven Basket Box Card.

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Open the gatefold card and a basket of flowers pops up, attached to one of the angled platforms from the Mini Pops Pop-up die set. 

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Because I was working in a small area, I trimmed the Woven Basket to a smaller size. 

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The inspiration for this card was one of my recent class cards, featuring the same basic construction.

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Want to give this card a try? Here are links to the dies used. For papers I just used stash papers that matched my chosen color scheme.

Now let's take a look at the wonderful creations by our talented Design Team. For each of these cards you can click on the name of the designer to go to their blog post for more photos, supply lists and, in some cases, videos.

Frances Byrne made this absolutely stunning slimline card featuring side-by-side Adirondack chairs. I love how she incorporated the Backyard Charms, including those adorable fairies.

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Sandy Diller extended the Triple Flip die set so it has five flips to fit a slimline card. How clever! I love her addition of the Border Blends and the striking color scheme.

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Kelly Booth made this impressive double ball Elmo slimline card. I love how she created the hands by using a flower die for fingers! So clever!

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Karen Aicken created this bright and cheerful slimline card with the Heart Pivot Panels inside. I just love the rainbow of hearts, both in the paper and the pop-up. A card to brighten any mailbox!

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Lois Bak created a lovely Katherine Label Pop-up card featuring lovely patterned paper and matching colors. I love the simple elegance of this card.

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Fran Sabad made this absolutely darling Heart Pivot Panels card featuring the Snowman. This is such a great combination of dies, colors and styling.

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Well hopefully these cards inspire you to send a little bit of happy mail to someone in your thoughts. Join us next month on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 for our next Designer Challenge with a theme of "Hearts!"

Happy Crafting!

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Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 40: Swirling Snowflakes Pop Up Card

Welcome to our December Designer Challenge. Our theme this month is to use our new Mini Pops Pop-up in a card of any theme. I am showing how to use our smaller pop-up ball die, the Bitty Ball Pop-up, to animate the Mini Pops platforms, decorated with snowflakes from our Holiday Charms set.

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Learn how to make this card by watching the full YouTube video here:

My card is top fold and measures 6" wide by 5.5" tall when closed. On the front of the card I went with a simple lead-in using the Long Nature Edges and the Christmas Trees Pop Stand for the tree. To create a closure I used ribbon and a sewed-on snap closure and button. The ends of the ribbon are attached to the back of the card.

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Open the snap to release the card, which springs open and reveals a forest surrounded by swirling snowflakes. The greeting is our large Merry Christmas die. In addition to the two snowflakes in the Holiday Charms, I also used the small snowflake from our Snowman die set.

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In addition to the Mini Pops platforms used in the card itself, I also added them around the ball so that the snowflakes would appear suspended. I attached two trees to the ball and then added another tree attached to the first one. The 3D tree expands as the card opens, but folds flat for mailing.

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Ready to give this card a try? For papers I used white, shimmer white, glitter white, gold metallic, green and brown from my stash.  Here are the dies and other supplies:

Now let's take a look at the wonderful creations by our talented Design Team. We've also invited a former DT member, Summer Hills-Painter, to be a guest designer for this challenge. For each of these cards you can click on the name of the designer to go to their blog post for more photos, supply lists and, in some cases, videos.

Karen Aicken made this very clever lift flap card with the Mini Pops inside. This is a great adaptation of the Fancy Label Accordion to create a different style card. I love the pops of color on the inside.

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Frances Byrne made a wonderful slimline card featuring a snowman and forest on the Mini Pops platforms. What a clever idea to use the snowman's head for the title on the front!

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Sandy Diller cleverly cut the Mini Pops spiral out of clear and doubled it for a long spiral full of birthday goodies. She also animated the greeting label, made using the new Slim Frames die set.

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Lois Bak also made a slimline card with a wonderful scene. This one uses the Sleigh on the front, plus the Christmas Animals reindeer and the lights from the Holiday House as the reins. Then inside she has a fabulous scene with Santa and Mrs. Claus plus a tree, all animated with the Mini Pops.

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Fran Sabad created these super cute gift tags using the spiral from the Mini Pops inside to animate the snowflakes. I love her styling of the Snowman, having him looking up at the swirling snow and creating a hat with a circle die.

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Summer Hills-Painter joins us as a guest this month with this wonderful slimline card featuring the Mini Pops and our new Holiday House, among others, all decorated into a gingerbread town. This looks delicious enough to eat!

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Join us next month for our first Designer Challenge of 2021. The theme is Thinking of You and it will be posted Wednesday, January 6, 2020. 

Happy Crafting!

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Slimline Pop 'n Swap Card - Welcome Winter

For this month's Designer Challenge I taught a modification of the Pop 'n Swap die set to create a side swing arm. I mentioned in the video that this technique would work for any theme, so I thought I'd try a winter-themed version.

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This is a slimline card measuring 3.5" x 8.5" when closed. The background is made using our new Snowflakes Pattern Plate and Crosshatch Long Rectangles die sets.

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There are three styles of snowflakes in the pattern plate, so I cut it out of three colors and then snipped out matching snowflakes from each color to paste over a white pattern plate, creating the three-color plate. Then I repeated the process two more times with the remaining partial pieces so that I ended up with three full pattern plates, all with 3-colors of snowflakes. From there I just cut and spliced to fit my card.

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Once the card is open two snowmen appear on the swing arms, the lower one peering through the window.

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I used our new Slim Frames die set on this card for the window frame and the oval greeting frame. I also used the two snowflakes from the new Holiday Charms die set.

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Learn the technique for this card by watching this Autumn-themed version full video tutorial:

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Here are the dies I used on my winter version:


Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 39: Autumn Slimline Pop 'n Swap Card

Welcome to our November Designer Challenge. To celebrate the dies in our newest release that are designed for long cards, I challenged the team to make slimline-sized fall-themed cards. Their cards are, as usual, spectacular and you'll find the photos and links at the bottom of this post.

For my card and video I had an idea for a clear-front card where you'd be able to see through a window in the Pop 'n Swap die set in the closed position and then open it to swing the arms and reveal something underneath.

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Learn how to make this card by watching the full YouTube tutorial below:

My card measures 3.5" x 8.5" in the closed position. The clear front to the card only extends 5" from the left side and tucks under a leaf to stay closed.

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Open the card and the swing arms start to move. The main pop-up lifts and you can spy a new scene being revealed through the window.

AutumnPopNSwapCloseUpOnce open, the swing arms reveal a turkey, leaves and pumpkins while through the window a pumpkin/acorn scene is revealed.

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This would be a great technique to try in other themes. A Christmas version might use greenery on the swing arms and a cute Santa, reindeer or mouse revealed through the window. Or how about a birthday version where an age swings out instead of the turkey? Balloons, candles and cupcakes could be used to create the scene.

Ready to give it a try? Here are the dies and supplies I used in the video. The patterned paper is a very old Bo Bunny design from my stash.

 


Let's take a look at the awesome inspiration from the team for this month's challenge. Make sure you click their names to head over to the blog posts, where you will find additional photos, supply lists and even videos in some cases.

Sandy Diller cleverly adapted the Woven Basket Box Card into an apple basket that she animated inside a slimline using the Mini Pops Pop-up. I love all the beautiful fall colors and the mix of our autumn dies with the new Crosshatch Long Rectangles and Long Nature Edges.

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Lois Bak combined our new Crosshatch Long Rectangles, Mini Pops Pop-up and Long Nature Edges die sets with our autumn dies and Woodland animals for a gorgeous pop-up pumpkin patch. I love her teal pumpkin and the apples in the mix. The inking is so vibrant and beautiful!

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Fran Sabad has three cards to share this month, featuring our new Holiday House die set on a slimline. I just love her colorful villages! Make sure you click over to her blog to see the other two cards.

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Kelly Booth created this gorgeous vertical slimline with a clever use of a circle element on the Flip Frame pop-up inside. Those bright happy clouds and the googly eyes on the fox add to the sweetness. Beautiful palette! 

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Frances Byrne created this lovely top fold slimline featuring a mix of dies from our new release plus several previously-released dies. This is a great illustration of how our releases are always meant to coordinate with previous ideas plus create new combinations and looks. I love Frances's crumpled leaves and the Gnomes holding the leaves!

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Karen Aicken made this absolutely stunning clear-panel slimline where an autumn-scene is visible when the card is closed and then it reveals a different scene upon opening, complete with spiral leaf pop-up. Definitely click over to Karen's blog to see a video of this card in action. Gorgeous!

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Hopefully these cards have put you in a festive fall mood. Join us on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 for our next Designer Challenge with a theme of Mini Pops Pop-up. We'll be showing off this new generic pop-up die set in a variety of ways. 

Happy Crafting!

image from karenburniston.typepad.com