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Gingerbread House Pop-up Card with EZ-Lights

OK, I might have a new addiction! It used to be that I couldn't make a card that didn't pop-up. Now I fear that I won't be able to make a card that doesn't pop-up and then also light up!

Last Saturday our collaborative hop with Pear Blossom Press went live, featuring tons of great pop-up/light-up inspiration from both teams. Make sure you check that out if you missed it. 

While teaching at a retreat last weekend I got started on another light up card, this time featuring our House and Fence Pop-up die set styled as a gingerbread house. The EZ-lights from Pear Blossom Press are the perfect addition to a pop-up card to easily light it up.



This is a top-fold A2-sized card (4.25" x 5.5" when folded) The front of the card repeats elements from the interior to create a simple lead-in. The snowflakes and gingerbread tree are from the Evergreen Pivot Panels die set. The stitched tree hills are from the Outdoor Scene die set.


Open the card to reveal the sweet scene. I used the stencil feature on the House to add all the brick and slat detailing using a white gel pen. Diana, one of the students at the retreat, helped style the gingerbread house by adding all the rhinestone detailing to the roof, chimney and door. I then repeated those same rhinestones on the background trees and on the wreaths hanging off the fence posts. I used my computer to make a "press here" circle and put a gemstone in the center.


When the button is pressed the lights will come on in the two windows and behind the gingerbread lantern (Camping Charms) which is sitting on a gingerbread tree stump (Tent Pop-up). The greeting is our large Merry Christmas die.


If you need more inspiration for lighting up the House and Fence die set, there are two cards in the hop using this die set. Kelly Booth also made a gingerbread house and Jennifer Paar Gross has a step-by-step picture tutorial for her whimsy house card.

Here are links for the products I used on my card. If you are reading this prior to November 2, 2019, you still have time to take advantage of a promotional discount code. Just enter the code POPANDLIGHT for 15% off your purchase at or One code works for both shops! (Coupon code valid until November 2, 2019.)

Pop up Light up Blog Hop with Pear Blossom Press

As if pop-up cards weren't cool enough . . . let's light 'em up!

PBP Graphic


Thank you so much for hopping along with us on the Karen Burniston and Pear Blossom Press Collaboration Hop! Be sure to comment along the way to be entered to win one of two great prizes:

  • Snowman Twist Circle Die Set with a 5-pack of EZ-Lights, or 
  • Cake Pop-Up Die Set with a 5-pack of EZ-Lights! 

Now don’t worry if you aren’t drawn as one of the winners; we’ve got a special gift for everyone! Just enter the code POPANDLIGHT for 15% off your purchase at or One code works for both shops! (Coupon code valid until November 2, 2019.)

For my card I'm teaching how to light up the Snowman Twist Circle die set with the added element of a vellum window so you can light up the card in the closed position as well. Learn how to do this by watching the YouTube video here:

Because the patterned paper I chose was laid out in squares, I made a 6x6 square card with a center square window backed with vellum. You can see the mummy octopus and jack-o-lantern through the vellum window when the card is closed.


Push the switch to light up the mummy and pumpkin through the window, giving a sneak peek of what's inside.


Open the card and the circle twists up into the center, showing off the octopus mummy in full glory.


Press the switch again to light it up.


I cannot say enough about the Pear Blossom Press EZ-Lights. They are the perfect choice for the pop-ups because the lights are tiny and on wires that can easily be strung onto the pop-ups, reaching even the smallest of spots, like the tops of candles. You'll definitely want to hop through and check out all the amazing inspiration by both company teams.

Want to give my card a try? Here are all the supplies I used in the video. 


Prizes & Official Contest Rules

Two prizes will be awarded to two separate winners, chosen at random, from comments left on participating blogs and videos. No purchase necessary. Comments must be posted by 11:59 pm PDT on October 26, 2019. Only one comment per blog or video will be counted, but you can comment on multiple blogs and videos in the hop for additional entries. (This is to prevent spam.) Contest open internationally to participants over 18 years of age. Void where prohibited by law. Any personal information collected will only be used for the purposes of contacting winners, your information will never be shared or sold. Comments left on YouTube videos must not violate community guidelines. This contest is not sponsored by YouTube. Winners will be announced on November 28, 2019 here and prizes must be claimed within thirty days of announcement, or new winners will be drawn. 

Ready to hop on? Here's the list of participating blogs. 

Karen Burniston <------ YOU ARE HERE

Pear Blossom Press

Karen Aicken

Niccole Kulig

Frances Byrne

Jessica Shier

Lois Bak

Lynnea Hollendonner

Fran Sabad

Jenn Paar Gross

Sandy Diller

Jess Francisco

Kelly Booth

Lisa Golzbein

Summer Hills-Painter

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 26: Autumn

Happy October!

Our Designer Challenge this month has a theme of Autumn. The team has once again knocked it out of the park with their fabulous creations.

For my project and video I'm teaching a fun technique for doubling our Pivot Panels die sets. To demonstrate I've used the House Pivot Panels, but this technique works with any of them. I also used the Tree Pop-up and Nature Edges.


Learn how to make this card by watching the video tutorial:

To make a double pivot panels card you'll want a landscape 5x7 card (or larger). For the front of my card I have a simple lead-in using the same styling as the interior. (My favorite way to make card fronts.)


Open the card to reveal a forest of trees behind an autumnal village. The video shows how to attach two pivot panels die sets together to create a longer pop-up. You also have room behind the pop-up to add another platform as I did, or even to fill it with a third pivot panels. (You decide!)


Here's a closer look at the houses and trees. The patterned papers (Photo Play) do all of the work creating the fall colors. The greeting is from Word Set 7.


Want to give this technique a try? Here are the products used in the video:


Let's look at some additional autumn inspiration by our talented design team. 

Frances Byrne kicks us off with a gorgeous Photo Collage card featuring vibrant autumn elements and colors. I love how Frances seamlessly mixes die cut elements and stamps into fabulous scenes.


Kelly Booth pays homage to pumpkin spice season with a fabulous Coffee Cup pop-up in fall colors. Notice the festive speckled cup and stenciled napkin edge. I'll take a venti, please!


Karen Aicken amuses with a Spinner Square card featuring a Funny Bones sentiment. I love how she created a custom inked background and also used the happy die from Word Set 7 to completely fill the front of the card. What a great technique!


Sandy Diller made a vibrant and beautiful staggered Charm Accordion to celebrate the season. I love the pumpkin scene she created along the bottom of her card plus the solid panel front cover.

SD_I love fall

Lois Bak used the Rockin' Rectangle and some fun Riley and Company stamps for a Thanksgiving card that's sure to delight. The front features the Autumn Elements layered into a lovely embellishment.

LB_DC Bennie's Thanksgiving front

Fran Sabad also used the Rockin' Rectangle and also used Riley and Company stamps but with a different effect. Fran made a window card and fun apple-picking colors. What a great way to welcome fall on the farm.


Hopefully we've inspired you to craft up some autumn goodness. Join us next month on Wednesday, November 6th for our next Designer Challenge with a theme of HOLIDAY ACCORDIONS. The team will be using our Charm Accordion or Fancy Accordion to make holiday cards. 

Happy Crafting!

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