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Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 47: Tag Books

Welcome to our July Designer Challenge with a theme of TAG BOOKS! I challenged the team to create cards featuring either of our two Tag Book Die Sets. The challenge allows for creative combinations, like swapping out the pop-up for a Pivot Panels or using the Tag Book pop-up mechanism in a card.

For my card and video I am showing how to easily double the height of the Tag Book Pop-up and then add it to a card.


Learn this simple and generic doubling technique by watching the full video tutorial here:

The finished card measures 5" tall by just a little over 6" in width. It can be mailed in an A7 envelope for extra postage because of all the stacked layers. The frames are from the Slim Frames and Memory Charms die sets. The hearts come from the Tag Book and Slim Frames.


Open the card to reveal the double-high Tag Book, made by folding the paper before die cutting. Papers with horizontal stripes or patterns are particularly good for the pop-up portion of this technique as the stripes/pattern will disguise the fold in the finished card. However, if the fold is visible it is easily covered with washi tape or a border.


I took inspiration from Fran Sabad to convert the Gnome and Santa set into a girl by adding braids. I fashioned the braids using the border die included in the Tag Book set. The mushrooms in the small frames are also from the Gnome set. The "hello" greeting is from the Waterfall Card die set.


Want to give this technique a try? Here are links to the products used on my card. The darker woodgrain is Carta Bella "Stay Awhile" and the lighter woodgrain is Crate Paper "680174" from my stash. Cardstock is all 80 lb. weight. 

NOTE: Amazon links are affiliate links where I receive a small commission on the sale at no cost to you. 

Now let's take a look at the awesome Tag Books created by our talented design team. For each of these cards there is a full blog post, supply list and, for some of the cards, a video as well. Click the designer's name to visit the blog post, which will open in a new window.

Fran Sabad created a lovely Tag Book featuring one of our Pattern Plates glitter foiled as the background. What a great technique and stunning backdrop for the Flower Pivot Panels. Click to Fran's blog for more close-up photos.


Karen Aicken brilliantly added the Evergreen Pivot Panels upside-down in the Circle Tag Book and the shape works perfectly to frame the ice cream cone charm from the Sweet Treats Charms. If you watch the video on Karen's blog she'll explain the card and tell the sweet story of her family's July ice cream tradition.


Sandy Diller was so clever in how she merged the front of the Tag Book Pop-up to a side-fold slimline card. Inside she mixed in die cut shapes to set off the scene created by the patterned paper. Head over to Sandy's blog to see this card in action and for some photos of how to extend a frame to accommodate a longer word die. The colors are so vibrant!


Lois Bak celebrates national picnic month with this wonderful Circle Tag Book insert inside an A2 card. I love the way she used the pie tin to create a fruit bowl. This is a wonderful combination of elements and charms, plus photo-realistic paper. 

National Picnic Month inside

Frances Byrne made this fun picnic-themed Tag Book. She decorated with Picnic Elements and Tree Fruit, plus the Sweet Treats charms and others. Frances has such a talent for creating scenery cards. I love the addition of the Tiny Trees in the background.


Join us next month on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 for our next challenge with a theme of ROCK, SPIN, POP, SWAP! The team will be using any of our motion dies to create their projects.

We started our Mission Poppable hashtag with Designer Challenge 45 and have been delighted with the projects posted. For the June challenge our winner (by random draw) is Marie Stuart. Her rocket ship card is out of this world!

Each challenge will bring a new mission and you have a month to complete it. You are welcome to post more than one card for the mission, which will increase your chances to win by random draw.


Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to make your own card following this month's challenge theme of "Tag Books." Make sure your card features our die(s) heavily and includes either the Tag Book or the Circle Tag Book. Post your card on Instagram using the hashtag #missionpoppable OR on our Facebook Group Karen Burniston Pop-up Peeps OR both. If posting in the Facebook group, please add it to the photo album for this month's challenge, which you'll find in the Media section of the group. You have until the next Designer Challenge date (August 4, 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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