Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 28: Surprise!

Happy December! 

For this month's Designer Challenge the theme is Surprise! The team was challenged to use either the Parcel Pop-up die set or the Surprise Ball Pop-up die set for a card of any theme. Both of these dies have a "ta da!" surprise reveal.

For my card and video I wanted to fulfill a request by Michelle J. on our Karen Burniston Pop-up Peeps Facebook group who requested a video tutorial for styling the Parcel Pop-up like a present where the lid slides up as the card opens. I went with a 5x5 gatefold card with an extra flap for animating the pop-up. The flaps are made with our Flap and Closure die set.

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Watch the video to learn this technique:

When closed, this card measures 5x5. It stays closed through the use of a elastic bead/button closure. The wreath is made using the vine from the Flowers and Bee die set. The box and tag dies come included in the Parcel Pop-up die set. The buttons, bead and elastic are just supplies I had on hand in my stash, and patterned paper is from Bo Bunny. The greeting stamp is a very old one from my stash and I'm not sure the manufacturer.

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The bead makes an easy handle for lifting the elastic up and off the button to release the card.

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Once open, a present is revealed.

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Lower the bottom flap and watch the lid of the present lift up, revealing two cute reindeer peeking out of the box. The reindeer are made using our Christmas Animals die set. To reverse the direction of the second reindeer I die cut the body and then flipped it over before decorating.

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This card makes a beautiful display piece and can be decorated for any gift-giving occasion. So think birthdays, weddings, graduations, retirements, etc. 

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



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Let's take a look at the wonderful inspiration by our talented Design Team.

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Helen Cryer created this gorgeous Parcel Pop-up with an explosion of stars lifting out of the box. I love the mix of blues and greens for this Helencredible card.

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Kelly Booth is a master of color and this cute clear-front bottom-fold magnetic top fold Parcel Pop up is no exception. I just love the snowy scene she created with stamps mixed with dies.

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Surprise Ball Pop-up Cards

Karen Aicken made her DC card early. A couple of months ago we did a product swap event with the design team of Pear Blossom Press where both teams used their EZ-Light sets with our pop-up dies. Karen made this magical light-up Surprise Ball and it's absolutely gorgeous. I love her choice of a two-flap front that allows most of the ball to be viewed in the closed position as well.

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Lois Bak cleverly created a globe from the Surprise Ball for this great space-themed encouragement card. She used a belly band to trap the card closed with a stamped sentiment on the band. So clever!

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Frances Byrne delights with this snowman Surprise Ball card. What a great idea to use the ball as snowman with a hat created with layered die cuts. A snowman scene also adorns the belly band on the front of the card. Fabulous!

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Fran Sabad also created a Surprise Ball with a snowman theme, but hers features stamped snowmen (and a penguin) on the ball and flaps. The Surprise Ball is designed to be able to spin on a brad in the card so all sides can be viewed. I love how Fran has the greeting visible in the closed position atop the ball.

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Sandy Diller also lit up the Surprise Ball with snowflake-shaped windows in the sides of the ball that shine beautifully when lit up. The white and gold foil color scheme is so elegant. Sandy used a belly band to hold the card closed.

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Thank you to everyone for following us through all our Designer Challenges of 2019. We have been blessed to have such talented designers showcasing our die sets. Join us next year (see what I did there) for our first Designer Challenge of 2020, on January 8th with a theme of HEARTS.

Happy Crafting!

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Disco Surprise Ball (and one more Parcel Pop-up Magic Card)

Happy Thanksgiving Week!

Over the weekend I hosted "craft weekend" where my cousin Jessica came for the weekend and we were joined by Rebecca, Becky and Karrie for card making merriment.

On our Facebook Group, the Karen Burniston Pop-up Peeps, Julie Pea said she wanted to see the Surprise Ball Pop-up die turned into a disco ball. I recently ordered the "Staying Alive Riley" stamp knowing it would be perfect for a disco ball card.

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The first thing I did was assemble the Surprise Ball from a shiny silver cardstock and then added glitter cardstock to each panel. I glued my stamped, colored and fussy-cut image to the ball and then flattened it to figure out what size card I needed. I used Copic markers for the coloring.

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Once I discovered that a 5x7 card would work, I got to work on creating a black card that included four flaps from the Flap and Closure die set. I used our Border Blends - Argyle for the front borders, using the same colors as the dance floor inside the card. I added our large Happy Birthday greeting to the front of the card.

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The closure is made with two shiny buttons that are sewn to the flaps using thin black elastic. For the bottom button I left a large loop of elastic on the front of the card and strung a bead onto the loop to act as an easy handle for lifting the elastic off the upper button to release the flaps.

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Once released, the ball will spring up inside the card, revealing a bright dance floor made with our Squares- Crosshatch die set. I thought I'd add "just a few" rhinestones to the disco ball. (Spoiler alert - "just a few" turned into covering the entire top half of the ball in rhinestones!) The stars come included in the Surprise Ball die set. I also used our large Celebrate die and the Ovals- Crosshatch as a place to sign the card.

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Learn how the Surprise Ball and Flap and Closure dies work by watching this assembly video:

The other card I made during Craft Weekend was yet another Parcel Pop-up Magic Card, also using a Riley stamp.

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The video tutorial for the magic card technique is posted on the product page for the Parcel Pop-up die set. This card also uses the Flap and Closure die set, Tropical Scene for the stitched scalloped edge, Postage Stamp Riley from Riley and Company, and a retired "happy holidays" stamp from me.

Below you'll find the links for the dies and supplies used on the Disco Surprise Ball card. The black grid patterned paper was an old one from my stash. The rest of the papers are solid cardstocks and glitter papers. 


Parcel Pop-up Magic Card Video Tutorial and Blog Hop Winners

First up, a huge congratulations to the winners of our November 2019 Release Blog Hop. Winners were chosen by random draw from the comments on each blog post in the hop. You will be contacted by e-mail for instructions on how to claim your $25 gift credit to our website. Here are the blog links followed by the winner for each blog. Congratulations!

Karen Burniston - MaryKay C.
Lois Bak - Jennifer G.
Frances Byrne  - Eunice C.
Karen Aicken - Nancy R.
Fran Sabad - Karen P.
Sandy Diller - Lena F.
Kelly Booth - Mary H-B.
Helen Cryer - Raquel M.

As promised, I have completed a full video tutorial for the Parcel Pop-up Magic Card. The video shows two versions of the card - one using our penguin die from the Winter Animals set, and one using the Percy Snow Angel rubber stamp from Riley and Company. Both cards also feature the Flap and Closure die set.

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Learn how to make this fun self-sliding pop-up magic card by watching the full video:

When closed, these bottom-fold clear-front magnetic-closure cards measure 4.25" x 5" and can be mailed easily in an A2 envelope.

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Open the cards to perform the magic trick. The image slides up and out of the frame and "magically" turns to color.

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Traditionally a magic card features an instruction for the user to pull somewhere to slide the items together, but with this version, the Parcel Pop-up die set is doing the sliding as the card is opened.

Because the greeting stamp is taller than my hidden space above each penguin, the "m" of Merry Christmas was showing in the closed position. To disguise it, I added embellishments to the frames in the upper left corner that would hide the "m" when the card is closed. Make sure if you have items extending into the frame that you don't create a catch point for the transparency. Try bending the overhanging items up away from the frame if you need to adjust.

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Here are two other versions of the Parcel Pop-up Magic card. 

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Blog Post: Parcel Pop-up Magic Card

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Blog Post: Parcel Pop-up Magic Card Part Two

Ready to give this card a try? Here are the products used in the penguin cards. I used older papers from my stash (Bo Bunny for the snowflakes and CI for the dots) so you'll want to shop your own stash for papers.

 


Parcel Pop-up Magic Card Part 2

Yes, I know I've promised a video tutorial for how to do the Magic Card technique with the Parcel Pop-up die set. I ordered a rubber stamp to use in the video so I'm waiting for that to arrive before I can shoot the video.

In the meantime, I got to wondering how this card would work using one of our animal dies for the magic trick. The reason this technique is always used with an outline stamp is because you need to be able to stamp the image onto the transparency for the black & white version. Then you stamp the image and color it in for the magic trick.

My solution was to trace the outlines of the turkey onto the transparency with a black Sharpie. Obviously the lines aren't as crisp and perfect as they would be by using a stamp, but it is still a cool look and a great way to use this technique with our animal die sets.

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This card measures 4.25" x 5" when closed. It is a bottom-fold clear-front card with a magnetic closure. I used our new Flap and Closure die set for the flap. The leaves, pumpkin and acorn came from our Autumn Elements die set and the word "Blessings" from our Word Set 7 - Autumn die set.

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As the card opens the turkey starts to lift up and out of the parcel. A stamped greeting (Lawn Fawn) is revealed as well. The scalloped border on the bottom flap was made using our Border Blends - Argyle die set.

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Once open, the turkey has "magically" turned to color. The turkey is one of the animals in our Feathered Animals die set. The patterned papers on this card are from Photo Play. 

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I will teach both a die version and a stamped version in the video as soon as my new stamp arrives.

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Want to make your own turkey magic parcel pop-up card? (Say that five times fast!) Here are links to the products used:

 


Parcel Pop-up Magic Card

Happy Sunday!

Tomorrow is the day that our November 2019 release starts shipping from our website. We've already shipped orders out to stores, so you might check locally first to see if they have the dies in stock.

One of the most versatile of the new pop-ups is the Parcel Pop-up. This is generic die set that creates a pop-up parcel with an extra mechanism behind it to lift an item up and out of the box. It's wide enough for a gift card, can be decorated as a cardboard box, present or anything else you dream up. Watch the assembly video to learn more about how this pop-up works.


I've been experimenting with different techniques with the Parcel Pop-up and my last video taught a peek-a-boo effect where one item slides up and reveals a second hidden item. Learn that technique on my last blog post here: November Release Blog Hop

That got me thinking about trying to create a Magic Card effect with the Parcel Pop-up. What's cool about this effect is that the stamped image appears to magically turn from black and white to color as it slides up.

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The main dies I used for this card were the Parcel Pop-up, Flap and Closure and Word Set 3 - Holiday die sets. However, I did use some decorator pieces from other sets. I used the scalloped edge die from Tropical Scene, the fishtail banner from the Triple Flip and the heart from the Office Charms.

This card measures 4" x 5" when closed and would mail in an A2 envelope if I used a lower profile item for my closure. However, because I chose to use a hitch fastener, I would need a bubble mailer so the hitch wouldn't punch through the envelope in transit. This is a bottom-fold card with a clear plastic front to allow the magic card to be viewed in the closed (black and white) position.

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Open the magnetic closure to lift the flap. As the card opens the stamped owl starts to slide up and turn to color.

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Once open the magic trick is revealed. The owl stamp has turned to color and a stamped greeting is revealed. Both stamps are from an older Darcie's Heart & Home set #JCS229. I used Copic markers for coloring. For the transparency version I would have normally used Staz On black ink, but I couldn't find my newer ink pad (where is that thing?) so I opted instead to use black embossing powder on the transparency image to set it.

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Magic cards have been around forever, but this is a fun twist on a magic card by letting the pop-up perform the magic. Normally the user pulls a tab to make the color change. For this version it's the opening and closing of the card that performs the trick.

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If you'd like to give this card a try, here are links to the main items I used. The patterned papers are older SEI from my stash. This technique will work well with any small to medium outline stamp.

 


Karen Burniston November Release Blog Hop

It's a fun and busy week for us as we launch our November 2019 release of seven new die sets. The dies start shipping from our website on Monday, November 11, 2019 in the order received.

Nov2019ReleaseGraphicTanya had the brilliant idea to add a blog hop to our release week featuring our fabulous Design Team. Many thanks to Frances Byrne for putting everything together for us and collecting all the team blog links. In addition to the great inspiration on the hop, we're giving away prizes! Here are the details:

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To celebrate the release Karen Burniston and each of the Karen Burniston - KB Riley LLC Design Team members 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 Saturday, November 15th 2019. Lots of chances to win some goodies, so just leave a comment on this post or any other blog hop posts to enter!

 

For my card and video I wanted to feature the Parcel Pop-up and Flap and Closure die sets in a clear-front bottom-fold card. For an added bit of interactive fun I cut a window into the parcel to create a double reveal. Watch the video tutorial to learn this technique, which can be easily adapted to other themes.

My card measures 4.5" square when closed and it could be mailed in an A7 envelope if I swapped out the metal doorknob closure for a button or something else with a low profile. Because of my closure, however, I'll have to use a bubble mailer. The stitched hills are made using our Nature Edges die set. The stamp set is Paper Smooches Christmas Sampler. The snowmen and small snowflakes are from our Snowman die set. The large snowflakes are from the Winter Charms. (Check the end of this post for supply links)

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The flap is made into a magnetic closure. Lift the flap to open the card. As the card opens, the center snowman starts to lift up out of the box.

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Once open the scene is revealed. The sliding snowman holds a greeting sign and a hidden snowman is revealed in the window.

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If you missed this week's Designer Challenge, make sure you check it out for another video featuring the Snowman and Winter Charms. That video teaches how to create the different faces on the snowmen.

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Ready to hop on? Here are the stops on the hop. Remember, each stop has a $25 gift credit to our website to give away randomly to a commenter, so leave comments on all the blogs to increase your chances. The drawings will take place on November 15, 2019. Best of luck!

Karen Burniston <---- YOU ARE HERE

Want to give my peek-a-boo parcel card a try? Here are the die sets that I used. Cardstock colors are white, brown, orange and glitter white. 

 


Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 27: Holiday Accordions

Happy November!

For our challenge this month the theme is Holiday Accordions. The team was instructed to use either our Charm Accordion die set or our Fancy Label Accordion die set to make a card celebrating the upcoming holidays. 

My card and video is a technique for using the Fancy Label Accordion to create a bigger version of the Charm Accordion by adding your own little charm frames between the pages. Watch the video to learn this technique.

The Fancy Label Accordion measures 4.75" square when folded up, so it can be mailed in an A7 envelope. I decorated the outer frames with the companion Fancy Flourish Frames die set by coating the outer frames with tape runner, adding the frames, and then sprinkling glitter onto the leftover adhesive.

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Open the card to reveal a fun 4-page accordion with extra charm frames in between the outer pages, holding a small snowflake charm from the Winter Charms set. 

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In the video I show how you can change the location of the face of the Snowman die to create different looks. The greeting is a Paper Smooches stamp set from my stash.

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Want to give this card a try? Here are links to the products used:

 

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

Karen Aicken used the Charm Accordion for this delightful card that has treasures on each page and even displays on the back as well. If you pop on over to her blog there's a video of this card in action. Love it!

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Fran Sabad also used the Charm Accordion and decorated it as cookie sheets with gingerbread cookies. So sweet! (pun intended)

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Helen Cryer shows off the Charm Accordion with a mixture of the Winter Charms die set plus some premade embellishments from a collection pack. I love the addition of the ribbon bow over the snowflake!

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Frances Byrne shows how perfectly the Fancy Label Accordion can be used to showcase stamps. I love that she added a solid panel as the final page to her album. Adorable!

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Lois Bak created a staggered Charm Accordion with a solid panel front. What a great idea to spell out NOEL on the pages!

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Sandy Diller demonstrates how the Fancy Label Accordion can be used to make a 2-page card. She packed the Sleigh with cute penguins and used our Enjoy the Ride die set as a title. I love the way the snowflakes are used as frame decor.

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Kelly Booth created a lovely 3-page Fancy Label Accordion to celebrate Thanksgiving. She used gorgeous plaid papers and sweet stamps. Such a clever way to do the greeting, too.

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Kelly Booth made a second holiday accordion for the challenge, this time to showcase Christmas stamps. I love how she added the banners across the first two pages.

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Join us next month on December 4, 2019 for our next Designer Challenge with a theme of Surprise! We will be showcasing the new Surprise Ball Pop-up and the new Parcel Pop-up die sets for cards that surprise and delight!

Happy Crafting!

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Karen Burniston November 2019 Die Release

Happy November!

We have a fun 7-die release that you can order starting today on our website.

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Although it's a smaller release, it packs a big punch. Start mixing and matching with our other sets and the possibilities are endless. Learn about the new dies in this preview video:

The design team is free to start sharing cards on their blogs starting today, so be sure to cruise around and see what they're posting for inspiration. There is a handy list of links in the left sidebar of this blog. 

Throughout the week we'll be sharing ideas and the assembly videos for the new dies. Follow our Facebook Page and join our community group Karen Burniston Pop-up Peeps to make sure you don't miss any of the fun.


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 karenburniston.com or pearblossompress.com. 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!

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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 karenburniston.com or pearblossompress.com. 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.

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

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

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Press the switch again to light it up.

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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