Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 60: Labels!

Welcome to our August Designer Challenge with a theme of "Labels." I challenged the team to create a card featuring a label as or on the pop-up. This is also the first Designer Challenge with our newly expanded team so you'll have supersized inspiration this month and going forward.

For my card and video I have combined the mechanisms of two of our pop-up dies; Landscape Rectangle Accordion and Little Labels Pop-up. I also used our Crosshatch Labels and the result is a card filled with labels and label frames and perfect for showcasing any of our charm sets.


Learn this technique by watching the full tutorial on YouTube here:

Because I added the large label frames to the card and didn't chop off the overhang, the card measures 4 1/8" tall by 6" long. My suggestion is an A7 envelope for mailing. The front features the "crabby" crab (pre-coffee!) styled with a frown and crabby eyebrows. The crab is from our Ocean Animals die set.


Open the card to reveal the entire scene. The Little Labels Pop-up has been altered to fit inside the fold, creating two pop-up frames perfect for dangling charms. The crab has turned happy with a mug of coffee. The greeting is one of my favorite stamps from Riley and Company.


The Coffee Charms are assembled on both the front and the back (double-sided) to look good from all angles. They are attached using 10mm metal jump rings.


Because the pop-up ended up covering two of the happy crab's legs I cut a second one and glued just the legs to the side of the pop-up. 


The papers I used are old ones from my stash. Here are supply links to the dies and supplies used in the video:

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Now let's take a look at the wonderful Labels inspiration by our talented Design Team. This is the first DC for our expanded team, so be sure to bookmark their blogs. 

Frances Byrne shows how perfectly the Little Labels Pop-up works to showcase all your favorite stamp sets. I love how she also incorporated the grass from the Long Nature Edges along the bottom of the pop-up and used the Mini Alphabet for a custom greeting. This card is Dino-mite! 


Jen Webster combines several die sets to make a gorgeous Landscape Rectangle Accordion with a scene from the garden. I just love all the layers of fun elements and her excellent coloring. This card would brighten anyone's day!

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Karen Aicken created an absolutely stunning anniversary card using the Paper Frames Pop-up. There are so many textures working seamlessly in this card, including some shiny iridescent elements. Make sure you click to Karen's blog to watch a video walk-through of this card. So pretty!

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Sue Small-Kreider has created a full photo tutorial for how she created this clever easel card using several of our die sets. The pop-up bee and hive spins as the card opens, for an exciting reveal that you can see on video if you click to Sue's blog post. Such a sunny and sweet card!

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Lois Bak created a wonderful sea-inspired Happy Birthday card featuring the Little Labels Pop-up. I love how she's mixed the Ocean and Sea Animals sets and used cute little googly eyes. I also like how she subdivided the front of the slimline card into two areas. Sometimes the long cards can be difficult to fill but this is a great tip for how to use the space. Wonderful!

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Suzanne Smit shows a wonderful feature of our Little Labels Pop-up - that you can cover the labels and have it pop up anything! In this case Suzanne made an entire Summer Camp scene and you can almost feel the cool mountain breeze and hear the rush of the river. What a gorgeous, creative card!

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Sandy Diller brought such a smile to my face with this card. It's so clever! Congratulate YourSelfie! I love how she added a label in the middle of the Photo Collage Pop-up to hold the Tiny Gnome holding a selfie stick. Plus all the little gnome selfies are precious. Make sure you click to Sandy's blog for more information, including a video tutorial. Love this so much!

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Nicky Foden created a full photo tutorial for this amazing Paper Frames Pop-up slimline birthday card. The black elements make everything "pop". (Pun intended) I also love how Nicky's stacked labels feature the inside label turned so that the curves are opposite each other. The effect is lovely. Gorgeous creation!

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Fran Sabad has a Fancy Label Accordion dedicated to summer friendship. I just love the entire scene she created by combining several dies. I love that the animals are all paired up with a bestie and that several are wearing cool shades. Fran really shows here how building a collection of our dies can make for some wonderful combinations as many of the die sets coordinate perfectly with each other. Fabulous card!


Well hopefully the team has inspired you to make some pop-up LABELS cards of your own. Join us next month on Wednesday, September 7, 2022 for our next Designer Challenge with a theme of JUST... The team will be making cards featuring greetings that start with the word "Just". We hope you will join us!

Happy Crafting!


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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