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Merry Christmas Y'all Pop-up Card

One of the things we strive to do with our brand is to make every new release backwards compatible with everything that came before. Here's a good example of that. For this card I've used four dies from our brand new November release combined with decorator pieces from several previously-released dies. It's Christmas on the bayou, y'all!


This is a top-fold 5x7 card. The front features the cattails from the Bayou Animals set along with the wreath from the Street Lantern Pop-up. The labels are a combination of the ones included in the Little Labels Pop-up and a couple larger ones from the Crosshatch Labels set. The borders come from our Border Blends - Trims set and the swags and bows from the Street Lantern Pop-up. The layered hearts are included in the Little Labels Pop-up set. (Supply links are at the end of this post.)


Open the card and the Little Labels Pop-up is revealed, raised higher in the card by using a simple box platform on the center fold. The box is a piece of cardstock cut to 6.5" x 3" and scored into two 1" panels with 0.5" tabs on each side. The tabs are used to attach the box to the card as shown below. By adding the center box, the Little Labels Pop-up can be installed on the upper fold of the box, elevating it in the card. Plus, the extra box platform adds another pop-up surface to decorate. Plan on a card height of at least 4.5" to hide the entire pop-up when done this way.


The greeting is our Merry Christmas script die plus the Merry Christmas Shadow. "Y'all" is made using our Alphabet dies. I used the Street Lantern swags and bows at the top.


To decorate the Little Labels themselves I used the decorator labels that come in the set, plus the Bayou Animals for the alligators and cattails. The flower comes included in the Bayou Animals and I cut it from red cardstock to resemble poinsettias. The little basket comes from the Spring Animals and the Santa hats from the Christmas Animals. The candy canes are from Gingerbread Tiny House Add-ons. To make mirror-image alligators and hats I cut one set from the back of the paper and then flipped them over. I sent the die cut pieces through my machine to flatten the edges. 


The gold paper is an older Bo Bunny design from my stash. The red gingham is an older Pebbles design called Bougainvillea. The rest is just various reds, greens and white cardstock. 

Here are the dies used on my card. I pulled decorator dies from a lot of sets, so if you'd like to give this one a try but are missing some of the dies, just look for suitable alternatives in your stash. The main dies you'll need are the Little Labels Pop-up and Bayou Animals.


Karen Burniston November Release Blog Hop

Welcome to our Karen Burniston Products - KB Riley LLC November Release Blog Hop. The Design Team and I have come together today for a fun blog hop to celebrate the release of 8 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:
• 1 new Add-Ons Die Sets - Animals Add-ons 4
• 1 new Slimline Pop-up Die Sets - Little Labels Pop-up
• 2 new sentiment sets - Word Set 14 - Hugs; Happy Birthday Shadow
• 1 new Crosshatch Die Set - Labels - Crosshatch
• 1 new Animals die set - Bayou Animals
• 1 new Charms die set - Big Birthday Charms
• 1 new Border Blends die set - Border Blends Trims
Dies are available to order now on the website.
For my card and video I'm sharing the assembly video for the new Little Labels Pop-up. This is such a great pop-up die as it's completely generic and is slimline-friendly. All of our charm and animal sets fit perfectly on the labels. Learn the assembly by watching this video:
I made a top fold slimline card in the video measuring 8.5" x 3.5" when closed. Our Long Rectangles - Crosshatch die set cuts the perfect decorative rectangle to fit. The front also features some of the decorative pieces from the Little Labels Pop-up, a border from Border Blends - Trims, a charm from Big Birthday Charms, Happy Birthday and Happy Birthday Shadow.
Open the card and the Little Labels pop up. I decorated with more Big Birthday Charms plus some flowers from our Tree Pop-up set.
Here's a closer look at the decorations. The decorative labels, bow, fishtail banners, rectangle and heart come included in the Little Labels Pop-up. The cake, candle and balloon are from the Big Birthday Charms. The flowers are from the Tree Pop-up.
To celebrate the release each stop on the hop will be giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to some lucky person who comments on our blog posts, 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, November 29th 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!
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Sneak Peek - Karen Burniston November 2021 Die Release

Today we are starting a week of sneak peeks for our November 2021 release. We have eight new dies that will start shipping to stores this week. For those without a local store option, the dies will be available for ordering from our website,, starting November 22, 2021.

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Learn about these dies by watching the preview video here:

Throughout this week the Design Team will be sharing ideas for the new dies on their blogs. You'll find a list of links in the sidebar of this blog.

If you're looking for the foundation dies for the new Add-ons and shadow die, they can be found here: Bitty Ball Pop-up, Happy Birthday

Next Monday we will have a blog hop that includes prizes for leaving comments. 

Stay tuned for lots of ideas and videos this week!

Happy Crafting!

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Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 51: Window Cards

Welcome to our November Designer Challenge with a theme of Window Cards. I challenged the team to incorporate a window or clear front to a card of any theme.

For my project and video I'm showing how to create a window card to fit our Bitty Ball Pop-up. This technique can also be used with the larger Surprise Ball Pop-up.


Learn how to make a window pop-up ball card by watching the full YouTube video:

My card measures 6x6 in the closed position and will mail in a square envelope for extra postage. This card uses two patterned papers from PhotoPlay and a red polka-dot paper from my stash. The closure is a piece of silver elastic cording that loops over a decorative snowflake brad. The brad is elevated using spacers from our Flap and Closure die set. To easily make window frames I combined the trapezoid decorator dies from both ball sets.

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Open the card and the ball pops up, revealing the cute Christmas gnomes made using our Tiny Gnomes die set. The Merry Christmas greeting is from our Word Set 3 - Holiday set. The circles are from our Crosshatch Circles die set.

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I paid attention when die cutting the decorator trapezoids for the ball that the words would be oriented correctly in the finished ball so it would read HO HO HO and not OH OH OH!

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Ready to give this card a try? I definitely invite you to try the technique for cards of other themes. The Bitty Ball is completely generic and can be decorated with any elements to shine through the windows.


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Now let's take a look at the awesome window and clear cards 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.

Karen Aicken made this absolutely stunning clear-front card featuring the Holly Pattern Plate cut from foil. It is so elegant and pretty. Click over to Karen's blog for a video of this card.



Kelly Booth made two great cards for the challenge. Both are top-fold Rockin' Rectangle cards where you can see the reindeer through the window and then the rectangle pops-up, rocks, and reveals the greeting as the card opens. Merry and Bright!



Lois Bak made a cute Thanksgiving turkey card using the Katherine Label Pop-up die set. The turkey in the window is attached to the pop-up so it lifts up as the card opens. Lois also used the Autumn Elements to decorate this adorable card.

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Sandy Diller was very creative with this Thanksgiving Photo Collage card. The forks are visible through the window and then as the card opens they move from horizontal to vertical, attached to a swing arm of the pop-up. Click over to her blog for a video of this lovely card in action.

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Frances Byrne used the Rockin' Rectangle in a side-fold card to animate some cute Christmas stamps. As the card opens the rectangle lifts, rocks and reveals the inside greeting. Frances used a clear front to this card and I love the use of our Alphabet and Border Blends dies mixed in.

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Fran Sabad also used the Rockin' Rectangle this month. Her beautiful fall-themed hello card features our Autumn Elements die set shaded beautifully on the pop-up. The colors on this card are so rich and beautiful and I love the stenciled background to set off the die cut elements.

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Well I hope you feel inspired to make window cards. Join us next month on December 8, 2021 for our next Designer Challenge with a theme of MOD HOLIDAY! We'll be making holiday cards in non-traditional colors. 

We started our Mission Poppable hashtag with Designer Challenge 45 and have been delighted with the projects posted. For the October challenge our winner (by random draw) is Patty Beers, who posted a delightful haunted Tiny House card.

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.

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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 "WINDOW CARDS" Make sure your card features some sort of peek-a-boo effect plus uses our die(s) heavily. 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 (December 8, 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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