Sneak Peek - Karen Burniston May 2022 Release

Today we are starting a week of sneak peeks for our May 2022 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, KarenBurniston.com, starting May 16, 2022.

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Learn about these dies by watching the preview video here:

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

If you're looking for the other ball dies featured in the video they are here: Surprise Ball Pop-up, Bitty Ball Pop-up

Next Monday we will have a blog hop that includes prizes for leaving comments and the new dies will be available for purchase from our website. In addition to the eight new dies we will be releasing three new Exact Packs and our June Spotlight Workshop kits. Spotlight kits can also be ordered through participating stores.

Stay tuned for lots of ideas and videos this week!

Happy Crafting!

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Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 56: Flowers

Welcome to our April Designer Challenge with a theme of "Flowers." I challenged the team to create a card featuring floral elements.

For my project and video I am teaching how to get more use from the Mailbox Pop-up mechanism by using it for double spinner cards.

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The inspiration for this card came from a class card I taught last weekend on Zoom. When I showed this monkey spinner card in our Facebook Group it was requested that I teach the technique for my next YouTube tutorial. 

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I started with the same card size and format as the monkey spinner card, but since our theme this month is Flowers, I swapped out the hearts for labels and the monkeys for our Garden Charms.

Learn this technique by watching the full YouTube tutorial here:

My card measures 5" x 5" when closed, meaning it will mail in an A7 envelope. The front of the card is a simple lead-in using leftover materials and a sentiment from our Word Set 4 die set.

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As the card opens the pop-up lifts and the two spinners start to rotate.

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Fully open, the scene is revealed. A watering can on the upper spinner rotates to "spray" (with wire water streams) a cluster of tulips on the lower spinner. The patterned papers are beautiful muted Maja Designs papers (Nyhavn collection) so I added punches of color with the die cut elements. I used a distressing tool to rough up the edges of the patterned papers for a more rustic feel.

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In the video I show how I reversed the direction of the watering can and styled it with a scratch pattern from a worn cutting pad pressed into the silver cardstock for texture. 

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Ready to give this technique a try? This would also make a lovely Mother's Day card, thinking of you, sympathy or birthday. Here are the supplies I used in the video for the floral card. 

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

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For the Monkey version, in addition to the Mailbox Pop-up I used four other dies: Hearts - Crosshatch, Monkey and Lion, Cake Trims and Word Set 6 - Summer.

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Now let's take a look at the beautiful floral inspiration from 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.

Sandy Diller made this jaw-dropping adaptation of the Cake Pop-up to turn it into an Easter basket. Even better - she made a full video tutorial for how she did it! Head over to her blog to learn this clever (and beautiful) technique. Mind blown!

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Lois Bak had framed our Paper Frames Pop-up with a box to change the look. You'll find the technique video here. I just love her bright and cheery colors on this lovely card. Click over to her blog to see the equally beautiful card front. So sunny!

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Kelly Booth used her signature teal color and combined it with sunny yellow for a gorgeous Woven Basket Box Card. I love her stacked greeting, giving it a lot of dimension. This sweet little paper bouquet will brighten anyone's day! So pretty!

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Fran Sabad used the mechanism from the Heart Collage Pop-up to make a floral collage card and I am here for it! The card front is equally stunning and well worth a click over to her blog to check it out. The shading on the flowers is so realistic. Gorgeous!

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Karen Aicken created the loveliest scene for this stunning Mother's Day card. She's used the Garden Bench Pop-up and then decked it out with flowers galore. I love her signature white pen detailing on the elements. Click over to her blog for a video walk-through of this card. Gorgeous!

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Frances Byrne has an absolute explosion of flowers on this gorgeous Little Labels Pop-up card. I love how she's covered two of the labels with large flower pots and used the center label for the greeting. Such a great customization of the pop-up die. The colors are vibrant and cheery and the recipient is sure to be delighted to get this card. Just lovely!

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Well I hope you feel inspired to make some floral pop-up cards of your own. Join us next month on May 11, 2022 for our next Designer Challenge with a theme of BALL AND SMALL. We'll be combining animals and characters made from our pop-up ball dies with the same type of animal or character from our small sets. 

We started our Mission Poppable hashtag way back on Designer Challenge 45 and have been delighted with the projects posted each month. For the March challenge our winner (by random draw) is Cindy Manott, who posted a St. Patrick's Day shaker 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  "FLOWERS." Make sure your card features 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 (May 11, 2022) 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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Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 55: Shaker Cards

Welcome to our March Designer Challenge with a theme of "Shaker Cards." I challenged the team to create a card featuring a shaker element.

For my project and video I created a Heart Collage Pop-up card with a shaker heart and a peek-a-boo window on the front.

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Learn how to make this card by watching this full YouTube video:

The card measures 5" x 7" in the closed position. The front of the card features a peek-a-boo small heart window that aligns over the shaker part of the pop-up. The rest of the front decorations are a mix of hearts from the Heart Collage Pop-up and Crosshatch Hearts, plus the Butterfly Collage Add-ons.

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As the card opens the mechanism starts to twist open, revealing a larger heart-shaped shaker attached to the pop-up.

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Once open the entire shape collage is revealed with a mix of hearts and butterflies. The greeting is from Word Set 14 - Hugs

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The shaker is filled with a mix of sequins, glitter flakes and seed beads. The brick patterned paper is an older Bo Bunny design from my stash. The corrugated papers are from DCWV.

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Ready to give this technique a try? Here are supply links for the products used on my card.

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

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Now let's take a look at the clever shaker 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 created a stunning Mother's Day shaker card that she plans to give to her daughter. The colors are gorgeous and I love the clever way she's created a heart pop-up with expanding butterflies. Make sure you head over to her blog to watch the video.

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Kelly Booth made this absolutely charming Parcel Pop-up card featuring a shaker front and adorable birthday monkeys. Everything about this card is delightful, including the tiny monkey confetti in the shaker. On her blog you'll find a close-up photo.

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Sandy Diller always impresses with her clever takes on challenge themes. I love how she used the shadow die from the Happy St. Patrick's Day set to be the shaker opening with a floating title and spilling gold. Inside the card she's used the Rockin' Rectangle and Good Luck Charms. Such a clever idea to have the rainbow end at the hat!

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Frances Byrne created a full shaker front slimline card and it's so happy! Frances used the Little Labels Pop-up for this birthday card, with a lovely color scheme drawn from the paper. Click over to her blog for a video of this delightful card in action.

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Lois Bak made a Flower Pivot Panels birthday card where she customized the panels with Big Birthday and Fast Food charms instead of using the flowers that come in the set. I love her large shaker card on the front of the card, featuring charming tiny shaker bits. 

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Fran Sabad created two cards for this month's challenge. The first is a froggy shaker card where she's used our Crosshatch Labels to create the shaker opening and then embellished with the Bayou Animals. So charming!

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Next Fran created a wonderful Coffee Cup Pop-up with a full-front shaker. Make sure you click to her blog to see all the other photos and supplies. Love this!

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Kelly Booth made a second card for this month's challenge, this time a Sending a Smile card with a large heart-shaped shaker on the front. If you click to her blog you'll see the pop-up interior of this card, featuring the Katherine Label Pop-up. So pretty!

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Well I hope you feel inspired to make some shaker cards of your own. Join us next month on April 6, 2022 for our next Designer Challenge with a theme of FLOWERS. We'll be making floral infused pop-up cards.

We started our Mission Poppable hashtag way back on Designer Challenge 45 and have been delighted with the projects posted each month. For the February challenge our winner (by random draw) is Karen Inchak, who posted a beautiful triple Heart Collage 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  "SHAKER CARDS." Make sure your card features 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 (April 6, 2022) 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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Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 54: Mod Valentine's Day

Welcome to our February Designer Challenge with a theme of "Mod Valentine's Day." I challenged the team to create a Valentine's (or love-themed) card without using pink or red as the primary color. As usual, they came up with beautiful creations. 

For my project and video I am showing an idea for putting three Heart Collage Pop-ups inside one slimline card. My mod color scheme is black/white/gray/silver.

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

My card is a top fold slimline measuring 3.75" x 8.75" when closed. For the card front I created a very simple lead-in using leftover materials. The patterned papers are older designs from my stash. (Pebbles on the plaid and Echo Park on the wood)

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As the card opens the three mechanisms start to spin and pop-up.

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The full reveal is an explosion of shapes on three side-by-side mechanisms. I used all of the flat hearts from the Heart Collage Pop-up, but also incorporated the XOXO from Word Set 9 - Love and several of the Love Charms. This mechanism lends itself well to swapping out for other shapes to customize the collage.

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

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


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Now let's take a look at the awesome MOD VALENTINES 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.

Fran Sabad created such a unique card this month using our Rocket Pop-up for a "Love you to the moon and back" Valentine's Day theme. Such a creative idea and a great way to customize for the recipient. Fabulous!

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Sandy Diller created a fun fold card using the Crosshatch Hearts die. Learn how she created this effect by watching a video on her blog post. I love the elegance of black/white/gold for the color scheme.

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Lois Bak made a super sweet Heart Collage card using purple as her main color. The little love monkeys on the front add a touch of whimsy while the foil elements inside add some shimmer. Adorable!

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Kelly Booth was able to use her favorite color, teal, in her amazing Heart Collage card. I love that she's used a larger card and mixed various patterns for a bold exciting reveal. Amazing card!

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Frances Byrne used the new Mailbox Pop-up for a fun Love-themed card featuring purple as the main color. She incorporated some adorable stamped owls into the design. So sweet!

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Karen Aicken with a rainbow explosion of wonderfulness! She's used the Heart Collage Pop-up in a mini-slimline with such a vibrant WOW reveal She even has a tiny shaker on the front of the card. I love it!

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Have you had a chance to check out my business partner Tanya Kostynuk's creative ideas on the Stamp and Scrapbook Expo's virtual @home events? She's been showing fabulous projects using our dies. Here is her latest, which works perfectly for the Mod Valentine's Day theme, so I had to include it for the challenge. Tanya has combined the Tree Pop-up along with Border Blends - Argyle, Word Set 9 - Love, and tiny hearts from the Cake Trims die set. You can watch Tanya explain the ease of this card's assembly on Saturday, February 12, 2022 on the SSBE Facebook and YouTube channels at 12:40 pm, CST.

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Well I hope you feel inspired to make some Mod Valentine's Day cards of your own. Join us next month on March 2, 2022 for our next Designer Challenge with a theme of SHAKER CARDS. We'll be incorporating shaker elements into our pop-up cards.

We started our Mission Poppable hashtag way back on Designer Challenge 45 and have been delighted with the projects posted each month. For the January challenge our winner (by random draw) is Clara Bondie, who posted a beautiful birthday Pop 'n Swap 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 "MOD VALENTINES" or we will also accept your version of the "TRIPLE COLLAGE" technique in any theme/color. Make sure your card features 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 (March 2, 2022) 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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Karen Burniston January 2022 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 9 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:
• 2 new Slimline-friendly Pop-up Die Sets -Heart Collage Pop-Up; Mailbox Pop-up
• 2 new Collage Add-Ons Die Sets - Balloons Collage Add-Ons; Butterfly Collage Add-Ons
• 1 new Crosshatch Die Set - Hearts - Crosshatch
• 1 new Animals die set - Monkey and Lion
• 1 new Charms die set - Good Luck Charms
• 2 new sentiment sets - Sending Love; Happy St. Patrick's Day
 
Dies are available to order now on the website.
 
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For my card and video I'm sharing the assembly video for the new Heart Collage Pop-up. This new set is a slimline-friendly small version of the four-armed spinner that you may recognize from the Photo Collage Pop-up. The Heart Collage Pop-up is designed for top-fold cards and the miniature size is perfect for smaller cards and shape collages. 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 rectangles to fit. The front features decorator hearts from the Heart Collage Pop-up set plus our Word Set 14 - Hugs set for "Sending a Smile."
 
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As the card opens the mechanism starts to spin and pop-up. 
 
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Once open the collage reveals an explosion of hearts. I chose to offset the collage to the left side of the card, leaving me space on the right for the Hello greeting and some layered Crosshatch Hearts as a place to sign the card.
 
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GIVEAWAY:
To celebrate the release Karen Burniston (that's me!) 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 Monday, January 31st 2022. 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!

 

Ready to hop on? Here are the links to the Design Team posts. 

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Lois Bak 

Karen Aicken

Frances Byrne

Kelly Booth

Fran Sabad

Sandy Diller

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

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Karen Burniston Die 1192 Mailbox Pop-up Assembly Video

Hey all! We have a new release that is shipping immediately to stores and will be available on our website starting Monday, January 24, 2022. Today I'm sharing the assembly video for the new Mailbox Pop-up die set.

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Learn how to assemble this die set by watching this video:

This die set includes a double spinner to allow the flag to raise and the door to lower as the card is opened. It is also a slimline-friendly die, fitting nicely in a 3.5" wide card, but can be used in larger cards as well. The post is a stamping die, adding a woodgrain design to the post when coated with ink before die cutting. And the die set includes a tiny working envelope.

For the video card I used our Nature Edges die set to create the cloudy background and grass. The greeting is our new Sending Love die set and the large hearts are from our Hearts-Crosshatch set. 

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Product links for the dies are below. NOTE: the links to the brand new dies will not start working until Monday, January 24, 2022.


Sneak Peek - Karen Burniston January 2022 Release

Today we are starting a week of sneak peeks for our January 2022 release. We have nine 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, KarenBurniston.com, starting January 24, 2022.

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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 links to the designer blogs in the sidebar of this blog.

If you're looking for the other dies featured in the video they are here: Photo Collage Pop-up, Nature Edges, Tiny Gnomes.

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 53: Birthday Cake!

Welcome to our January Designer Challenge with a theme of "Birthday Cake." I challenged the team to create a birthday card featuring cake or cupcakes. (Donuts are also acceptable!)

For my project and video I'm teaching how to double and shorten the Twist Panel Pop-up die set to fit in a slimline card.

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This is a technique that I first taught as a Zoom class in 2021 and then received requests to create a YouTube tutorial. Learn the technique by watching the video here:

My card measures 8.5" x 3.5" when closed. I took full advantage of the patterned paper, an older design (Abstract Moments) by Vicki Boutin for American Crafts, to fill and decorate the majority of the card. I used our Crosshatch Long Rectangles and Crosshatch Circles and then added streamers cut from our Border Blends - Trims set. The slice of cake is from the Big Birthday Charms and the heart is included in the Twist Panel Pop-up die set.

Double Twist Panel Birthday Front

As the card opens the two Twist Panel mechanisms start to twist and open. The Happy Birthday greeting and the rectangle for signing the card are placed strategically to avoid creating catch points for the mechanisms.

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Once open, the two panel sets are popped up and decorated with the Big Birthday Charms. The borders are from the Border Blends - Trims set.

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Ready to give this technique a try? Here are links to the dies and supplies used in the video. The papers are from my stash - American Crafts and Echo Park. Cardstock is My Colors.

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


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Now let's take a look at the awesome BIRTHDAY CAKE 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 created an absolutely marvelous Coffee and Cake birthday card. The papers are so bright and happy. The Coffee Cup Pop-up is further embellished with a peeking cupcake and big Happy Birthday greeting. Click over to Karen's blog to see the card front. Stunning!

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Sandy Diller cleverly repurposed the Flower Pivot Panels die set to hold her HB2U birthday greeting. I love the way she made a circle-edged card using the Crosshatch Circles die set and the addition of the Big Birthday Charms. Click over to Sandy's blog to see the card front. Super!

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Lois Bak made a lovely Circle Tag Book for the challenge with little cupcakes from our original Birthday Charms die set. I love how Lois used the rickrack borders throughout the background and her pops of black. Click over to Lois's blog for a look at the card front with a great tip for how she created it. I also love how she used the cherries from our Tree Fruit die set on the cupcakes. Pretty in pink!

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Frances Byrne created a bright and lively Cupcake Pop-up card and also incorporated the new birthday candle from the Big Birthday Charms. This is really the perfect showcase of our brand philosophy to create timeless staple dies with new exciting decorator combinations to give them fresh looks. I love the colors Frances used for this card!

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Fran Sabad followed a video tutorial I created for Designer Challenge 9 to make a side fold Cupcake Pop-up window card. I love how Fran was able to incorporate our newest dies for a fresh amped-up version of the card, adding extra pop-up balloons animated with our Mini Pops Pop-up die set. Love it!

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Kelly Booth used our Cake Pop-up die set to make a lovely teal birthday card. I love how she incorporated the new Crosshatch Labels and added pops of yellow to the design. Click over to her blog to see the equally fabulous card front.

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Kelly Booth mentioned that once she has a die set out, she'll often make multiple cards, especially for birthday cards. She created two additional Cake Pop-up Cards and while all of her cards follow the same basic measurements and layout, they each have their own personality by swapping out papers and embellishments. Amazing!

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Have you had a chance to check out my business partner Tanya Kostynuk's creative ideas on the Stamp and Scrapbook Expo's virtual @home events? She's been showing fabulous projects using our dies. Here is her latest, which works perfectly for the Birthday Cake theme, so I had to include it for the challenge. Tanya has combined the Cupcake Pop-up with Border Blends - Trims, Big Birthday Charms, Crosshatch Ovals, Happy Birthday and Happy Birthday Shadow. You can watch Tanya explain the ease of this card's assembly on Saturday, January 15, 2022 on the SSBE Facebook and YouTube channels at 11:50 am, CST.

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Well I hope you feel inspired to make some birthday cake cards of your own. Join us next month on February 2, 2022 for our next Designer Challenge with a theme of MOD VALENTINE'S DAY. We'll be making Valentine's Day cards in unexpected color schemes.

We started our Mission Poppable hashtag way back on Designer Challenge 45 and have been delighted with the projects posted each month. For the December challenge our winner (by random draw) is Gail Jean, who posted several wonderful mod holiday cards using a teal color scheme.

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.

JAN 2022 Mission Poppable

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to make your own card following this month's challenge theme of "BIRTHDAY CAKE" Make sure your card features some sort of cake, cupcake or donut and 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 (February 2, 2022) 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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Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 52: Mod Holiday!

Welcome to our December Designer Challenge with a theme of "Mod Holiday." I challenged the team to create a Christmas card in non-traditional colors.

For my project and video I chose a piece of plaid paper from Echo Park's Witches and Wizards collection for a maroon and gold Christmas Tree Duo mod holiday card. I made a second card in more traditional colors with a single tree.

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The technique for this card is to swap out the 4-sided base that comes included in the Christmas Tree Pop-up die set for the 6-sided base that comes included in the Palm Tree Pop-up die set. This allows the Christmas Trees to collapse straight forward instead of at a diagonal. When placing two trees in one card a straight collapse is preferable so they don't crash into each other in the closed position. Learn the full technique by watching the YouTube video here:

My card is a large 8.5" x 5" top fold card. It can be mailed in an A9 envelope and, if I removed the rhinestones, would lay very flat. For the card front I repeated elements from inside the card using leftover materials. The cardinal comes included in the Christmas Tree Pop-up. The labels are our Crosshatch Labels and the border is from Border Blends - Trims.

Christmas Tree Duo Front

As the card opens the trees start to lift straight up instead of from a diagonal. For a greeting I used our Merry Christmas and Merry Christmas Shadow dies. As a shared tree-skirt I used the second-largest crosshatch-pattern rectangle from our Long Rectangles - Crosshatch set.

Christmas Tree Duo Partial

Once open the two mod trees are revealed. I chose solid cardstocks to match the plaid paper and decorated with die cut circles from the Christmas Tree set. On the solid ornaments I added rhinestones. The same labels and borders are used inside the card.

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Christmas Tree Duo Open2

One of the things I realized after fully decorating my card is that the tabs I created on the big trees to allow for the base swapping were weaker than the more substantial tabs at the base of the palm tree. To stiffen them I added small strips of cardstock, but this was definitely more difficult to do once the outer trees were on. Instead, I recommend adding the cardstock strips before adding the outer trees. In the video I made a green tree to show this process. I decided to finish out the card for the green tree by using it solo in an A2 top-fold card. 

For this more traditional Christmas card I used the same dies as the double but added the candy canes and peppermints from Gingerbread Tiny House Add-ons and the tree and reindeer edges from the Outdoor Scene die set. The patterned papers are older designs from Bo Bunny's Merry and Bright collection.

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Ready to give this technique a try? Here are the dies and supplies used in the video for both cards:

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Now let's take a look at the awesome MOD HOLIDAY 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.

Fran Sabad made a delightful elf using the Bitty Ball Pop-up and Character Add-Ons 2. I love her repurposing of the mustache (cut in two) as elf ears! And the non-traditional color scheme of this card is so eye catching. Check out the front of the card with a colorful sleigh by clicking to her blog post. Swoon!

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Frances Byrne used the new Little Labels Pop-up for a slimline card in a chic color scheme. I love the pinks and blues and the addition of the Street Lanterns next to the pop-up to set the scene. Absolutely gorgeous!

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Sandy Diller used the Katherine Label Pop-up to lift up a trio of mistleTOADS! (Get it?) I love this clever use of the Bayou Animals for a holiday card and the teal/orange/white color scheme is so unexpected and delightful!

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Lois Bak used the Little Labels Pop-up for a sweet purple-toned Christmas card using the Holiday Charms and others. I love how she wove the Border Blends together to make a peppermint stick border. Click over to Lois's blog to see the equally lovely card front.

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Kelly Booth used the Snowflakes Pattern Plate as a stencil for this striking Snowman card. The pop-up is the Little Labels Pop-up and I just love how the snowmen are wearing colorful hats to match the scheme. Kelly's signature use of white space really draws the eye to the pop-up. Click over to Kelly's blog to see the card front and her beautiful staging.

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Karen Aicken finishes us up with a show stopper of a Snowman Pop-up card. I absolutely LOVE the snowman cut from blue/teal and the gorgeous frosty colors on this. Karen's card front is equally shiny and pretty. Click over to her blog for a video walkthrough of this card.

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Have you had a chance to check out my business partner Tanya Kostynuk's creative ideas on the Stamp and Scrapbook Expo's virtual @home events? She's been showing fabulous projects using our dies. Here is her latest, which works perfectly for the Mod Holiday theme, so I had to include it for the challenge. Tanya has combined the Twist Panel Pop-up, Winter Animals, Word Set 13 - Snow and trees from the Evergreen Pivot Panels. You can watch Tanya explain the ease of this card's assembly on Saturday, December 11, 2021 on the SSBE Facebook and YouTube channels at 10 am, PST.

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Well I hope you feel inspired to make some mod holiday cards of your own. Thank you everyone for a wonderful year of challenges. Join us next month (and next year) on January 5, 2022 for our next Designer Challenge with a theme of BIRTHDAY CAKE. We'll be making birthday cards that feature cake or cupcakes.

We started our Mission Poppable hashtag with Designer Challenge 45 and have been delighted with the projects posted. For the November challenge our winner (by random draw) is Dorothy Kleber, who posted a delightful "Does this card make me look flat?" window pop-up pig 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 "MOD HOLIDAY" Make sure your card features a non-traditional color scheme for a holiday (doesn't have to be Christmas) card, 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 (January 5, 2022) 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!

image from karenburniston.typepad.com


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!

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.