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Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 80: Thirst Quencher!

Welcome to the April Designer Challenge with a theme of Thirst Quencher. I challenged the team to create a project featuring a beverage. As usual, you will be delighted with their creations!

For my project I'm showing how to make a fun stacked teacup card by combining the Tea and Coffee Pop-up mechanism with the spiral from the Mini Pops Pop-up.


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

My card measures 5" x 6" in the closed position and can be mailed in an A7 envelope. The front of the card combines the small teacups and saucers from the Tea and Coffee Borders along with circles from the Mini Gift Bag and Circles - Crosshatch sets. The greeting is from Word Set 4 - Just a Note. The patterned paper is from Stamperia.

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Open the card to reveal three stacked teacups and a gift card holder.

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To style the teacups I cut them from white cardstock and use a brayer to color them with ink. The deep score lines in both pieces will remain white. Then I put the teacup back into the die and ran it through my machine with an embossing sandwich. I used a sanding tool to sand the color from the top of the embossed pattern. The pop-up mechanism included in the Tea and Coffee Pop-up was elongated to hold the bottom two tea cups. The spiral die from the Mini Pops Pop-up was used on the back of the center teacup to animate the top one.

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I used a folded Mini Gift Bag to act as a gift card sleeve inside the card. The greeting is our Thank You die and the circles from the Mini Gift Bag provide a spot to sign the card.

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This stacked teacup card can be customized for any theme by simply changing the colors and styling. Add little animals or character perched in the teacups for a cute look, or have flowers or butterflies spilling out of the cups for a pretty look. 

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Ready to give this card a try? Here are the dies and supplies used on my card:

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Let's take a look at how our talented Design Team interpreted the THIRST QUENCHER challenge. In each case you can click the designer's name to go to their blog post where you'll find additional photos, supply lists and, in some cases, videos!

Nicky Foden created this amazing cocktail card using our Happy Hour Charms on the Twist Panel Pop-up. This is such a clever "twist" on a card and the greeting is hilarious! Nicky has posted a full photo tutorial for how she created this masterpiece, so be sure to click over to her blog for full instructions. Love this!

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Sue Small-Kreider created an absolutely fabulous Summer Fete card using the Explosion Pop-up mechanism as booths for delicious offerings, including thirst quenching lemonade. This is just an amazingly clever combination of dies for a wonderful effect. Be sure to click to Sue's blog for more photos of how she created this sweet slimline card.

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Fran Sabad posted three cards for the challenge, all featuring our original Coffee Cup Pop-up and Coffee Charms. I just love this "crabby" card (and can relate!) with the bright fun colors and tropical theme. Be sure to click over to Fran's blog to see her other cards. Wonderful!


Sandy Diller created a custom beer card for her son's birthday and I just love how it has two reveals. The first one uses the Flip Frame Pop-up to animate a greeting and then the main card opens to reveal a fun saying that Sandy says fits her son to a tee! Be sure to click over to Sandy's blog to see this card in action. Definitely thirst quenching!

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Lois Bak made a gorgeous Teacup pop-up as a birthday card and included gold gilding on the cup and saucer. I love her play on words for the custom greeting of "Sip Sip Hooray!" Be sure to click over to Lois's blog for a peek at the fun card front. Lovely!

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Suzanne Smit made this adorable 4-page mixed Landscape Rectangle Accordion. I love the coffee and cupcakes theme and the addition of several caffeinated giraffes. This makes such a lovely display piece. Check out Suzanne's blog post for a photo of this card in the closed position. Love it!

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Jen Webster turned a coffee mug into a beer mug with this clever repurposing of the Tea and Coffee Pop-up set. I just love how she styled the beer mug, using clouds as foam and glossy accents for drips. Be sure to click over to Jen's blog for a photo of the card front and a description of how she created this card. Perfection!

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Frances Byrne made a vision in pink Tea card for the challenge. I just love her clever re-purposing of a scalloped rectangle die into an edger. There are so many great styling ideas on this card. Be sure to click over to Frances's blog to see more. Fabulous card!

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Well hopefully you feel inspired to craft some thirst quenching creations of your own. Join us next month on May 8th, 2024 for our next Designer Challenge with a theme of "From the Vault" - the team will take inspiration from one of their previous cards to make a new version. What fun!

Happy Crafting!