Evergreen Pivot Card meets Tags & More

Have you seen the new Tags & More dies by Els for Elizabeth Craft Designs? They are so fun - they cut just the top of the tag and you can make the height as tall as you want. They also include fun overlay dies that will cut a decorative knock-out into the tag.

Because they only cut the top of the tag it's very easy to make a tag-shaped card, as I did here.


Then, simply cut the Evergreen Pivot Card die into the card in the usual fashion. You'll have a tag-shaped Pivot Card. Fun!


For my card I cut the decorator tree dies from the Evergreen Pivot Card out of white cardstock that had ECD Double Sided Adhesive on it. Then I peeled up the liner to make them into sticky trees and covered them with various sized hearts. I used the heart dies from the Spiral Circle Pull Card, Oval Accordion and Poppy the Owl dies.


I cut all the hearts out of one of my Modeling Paste Embossed Backgrounds and then inked some of them green. After covering each sticky tree with hearts I dumped Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter over each tree to use up the rest of the sticky. (The trunks were done in Antique Gold glitter)


To finish out the card I used the Outdoor Edges along the bottom and added twine bows to the top of each tree. The greeting is stamped on a decorator label from the Katie Label Pivot Card die.

These products are available in independent craft stores worldwide, or here are shopping links:

 Other items: Bazzill Ivy Cardstock. White cardstock. Creative Impressions Twine. 

Have a wonderful week!

Karen Burniston Pop it Ups Designer Challenge - Red, White OR Blue

Today I'm blogging on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog with the November Designer Challenge, which is to create monochromatic cards in either all-white, all-red or all-blue. The rules state that they can mix in a little neutral into the cards as well. Make sure you click over to the ECD blog to see all the amazing projects by the Designer Challenge Team and our guest designer and find links to their blog posts, where many of these cards have additional photos, supply lists and instructions.

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For my project I am teaching a technique for doubling the Pivot Card dies so they become 4-panel accordion-style cards. This technique works with any of the Pivot Card Dies, and to prove it, I've created video tutorials for three different pivot card dies. I wanted to keep up with my amazing designers, many of whom made a card for all three color schemes, so I did, too!

All-White Card: Double Evergreen Pivot Card


To make the structure for this card start with a 12" x 5.5" strip of cardstock. Score at 3.5", 6" and 8.5", measuring from the left edge. You'll end up with an accordion card with 4 panels. The outer two panels will be 3.5" x 5.5" and the inner two panels will be 2.5" x 5.5"


One thing that ended up on the cutting room floor was the step where I took a Sharpie white paint pen and highlighted the silver bows and transparent glitter dots. This was my attempt to keep the card mostly white, not silver, to meet the challenge requirements. 



Other Supplies: 7gypsies patterned paper, Duck shelf liner, white acrylic paint, Bazzill Salt Dotted Swiss cardstock, Sharpie white paint pen, corrugated paper, ribbon

All-Blue Card: Double Katie Label Pivot Card 

To make the structure for this card start with two 5.5" x 8.5" strips of cardstock. Score 0.5" from one end of one strip to make a hinge. Use strong tape to hinge the two pieces together. Score from the center hinge 3 5/8" in both directions. After die cutting, trim the card, in the closed position, to 4.25" wide.


ECD Supply Links for the Double Katie Label Pivot Card:

Other Supplies: Powdered Blue Shimmer Cardstock – TPC Studio, Grasscloth (stash item), “What’s the word?” stamp – Texana Designs, “Just Popping Up” stamp – Rubbernecker, black ink

All-Red Card: Double Heart Pivot Card


To make the structure for this card start with a 7.5" x 5.5" piece of patterned paper. Score 0.5" from each end to make hinges to attach the patterned paper to two 5" x 5" squares of cardstock. Score in the middle of the patterned paper.


One of the tips I mention in the video is that you can use decorative twine (use a needle) to tie the top of the heart to the card so that if your pivot point ever tears, the hearts will still be connected and pivot using the twine. This is a great tip for when you want to make pivot cards from patterned paper but are worried about durability.



ECD Supply Links for the Double Heart Pivot Card:

Other Supplies: “Merriment” Paper Stash – Advantus, Metal heart charms (stash item), Bazzill Pomegranate Cardstock, red brads, baker’s twine

Feeling inspired to make your own Double Pivot Card? You've seen three versions done in these videos, but this technique will also work with the other pivot cards. Here are links to the other two styles of Pivot Card die that would work with this technique:

 Ready for more monochromatic inspiration? Check out the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog Post.

North/South Carolina Teaching Tour Oct 21-26, 2014

I'll be heading to North and South Carolina for my final teaching trip of the year at the end of October. You can take this class at one of the eight stores listed below. You'll need to contact the stores for times and pricing.


Here are photos of the four class cards, although I really like the students to think of the cards more like recipes and idea starters for future creations. The real value in a Pop it Ups class are the tips, tricks and education about the dies themselves. You'll have the opportunity to learn all four categories of Pop it Ups folds; Pivot Cards, Pull Cards, General Pop-ups and Accordions. You'll also try out a Character and other accessory dies and folders.



Things you should bring to class:

  • Adhesives! Adhesives! Adhesives! - Tape Runner, 1/4" strong tape, mini glue dots, pop-dots and a liquid glue capable of doing detail work. (My favorite is a Fineline 20 guage Applicator bottle filled with Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive)
  • Scissors - detail scissors can also be helpful
  • Paper Piercer
  • Sanding Block (I will have some to share, but bring your own and the class moves faster)
  • Brayer (only if you have one - helps mash down the frame edges)
  • Detail Tweezers (optional, but very helpful for placing glitter dots and bear eyeballs)
  • Inks & Blending Tools (completely optional - all of my cards are inkless, but if you like the look of ink, bring colors to fit each card)

Hope to see you there!

Colorado Classes - Simple Pleasures Sept 12-13, 2014

The machines have been humming and the paper flying non-stop all weekend as I continue preparing the class kits for this weekend's trip to my old hometown, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

It's going to be a jam-packed two days of fun at Simple Pleasures. There are two different class options and both classes will be offered on Friday and again on Saturday. Can't make a class? Head on down to the store on Saturday from 1-2pm for a free demo hour and a chance to see the 100 sample cards on display!

Here's the schedule. Call the store for pricing and availability: (719) 528-1338

 Sept 12 (Fri) 

1 – 4:30pm 

**Karen Burniston Holiday/Occasion Pop it Ups Cards 

Karen Burniston 

Sept 12 (Fri) 

5:30 – 9pm 

**Karen Burniston All Occasion Pop It Ups Cards 

Karen Burniston 

Sept 13 (Sat) 


**Karen Burniston All Occasion Cards Pop It Ups Cards 

Karen Burniston 

Sept 13 (Sat) 

1 – 2pm 

Demo Time with Karen Burniston 

Karen Burniston 

Sept 13 (Sat 

3 – 6:30pm 

**Karen Burniston Holiday/Occasion Pop It Ups Cards 

Karen Burniston 

What will you learn in class?

In all of my card classes I include a card made with each category of interactive dies in my Pop it Ups collection. Once you've learned how to make one, you can feel comfortable buying any of the others in that category. The four categories are: Pivot Cards, Pull Cards, General Pop-up Cards and Accordion Cards.

What I always tell my students is not to concern themselves too much with the colors or themes of the cards they make in class. Class day is all about learning the techniques and having blueprints to re-make the cards in other colors and styles later on. You'll receive a detailed handout to be able to remake the cards, and I highly encourage "creative choices" where you make the cards your own.


We will start with a Pivot Card, this time the new Evergreen Pivot Card, decorated as a Halloween card:


Next we'll do a Pull Card - the Spiral Circle Pull Card in a Birthday theme using the Clock & Gears die:


For the general pop-up I am bringing back the class favorite from the May/June class - the Spring Butterflies card with the butterfly-shaped-window (this can be any theme, although you will receive a Thinking of You sticker in your kit)


And finally we'll end with the Merry Christmas Katie Label Accordion project:


If you can't take both classes, you might choose this one if you prefer more sophisticated and/or elegant cards over cute. You'll learn techniques about wallpapering for pivot cards, making window cards that reveal a "flying" object when the card is opened, and tips for Accordion frame edges, as well as learning all four categories of interactive Pop it Ups dies. You'll also use Elizabeth Craft Designs microfine glitter.


We will start with the House Pivot Card in a congrats/housewarming theme:


Next will be the Pull Card, this time incorporating a clear spiral that is used to animate the Props 1 so the frog will change as the card is pulled open, allowing the props to fly off his face. (This one is super fun to play with!) A blank speech bubble allows you to write something personal inside the card.


For the general pop-up we'll use the Lornal Label pop-up and Poppy the Owl:


And for our final card, the Accordion, we will do a birthday theme with mixed pages - two from the Ring Accordion and one from the Circle Accordion. For an added technique, we'll also add the spiral die from the Spiral Circle Pull Card to the accordion, letting the spiral animate the balloons while also revealing a clear panel with a floating greeting.

If you can't take both classes, you might choose this one if you prefer bright "cute" cards. You'll learn techniques about using the interactive dies as decorator dies, assembling the Character dies, using clear spirals and mixing Accordion pages, as well as learning all four categories of interactive Pop it Ups dies. You'll also use Elizabeth Craft Designs microfine glitter on the Cake Peel-off sticker.


  • Scissors
  • Adhesives! Adhesives! Adhesives! 
    • Tape Runner
    • Strong 1/4" tacky tape or Scor tape
    • Mini glue dots (these are flat)
    • Pop dots (these have dimension)
    • Fine glue pen (my favorite is the Fineline 20 gauge applicator bottle filled with Scotch Quick Dry glue)
  • Sanding Block - I will bring some to share, but if you have you're own it makes things go faster
  • Paper Piercer 
  • Crop-a-Dile (this is only for the Holiday class to set an eyelet in the Halloween card) - I will bring mine, so bring this only if you have one
  • Detail scissors and tweezers - optional, but recommended for placing items and detail trimming
  • Brayer - really helpful for mashing down frame edges once you have them placed how you like them
  • Xyron "X" sticker maker - some students prefer to make their small pieces into stickers rather than use glue - optional
  • Coordinating inks and blending tools - absolutely optional, but if you're an inker, feel free!
  • Smart phone or camera for taking photos of the 100 sample cards on display. (seriously - you're going to feel inspired!)

Another reason you should absolutely come to class - the chance to try hundreds of dollars worth of dies before deciding which ones you want to own. Think of it like a test drive. We've cut all the pieces for you, so there's no stress in class and you will leave with four finished cards and no homework. (Other than coloring your cake, which is optional)

We're going to have a ton of fun this weekend - join us!

Pop it Ups Card Class (Scrapp'n Savvy version)

Finishing up my Texas Teaching Tour will be Scrapp'n Savvy this Friday, August 29, 2014 for two class sessions. Since I already taught the House Pivot Card at this store I've substituted a new card using the Evergreen Pivot Card for a spooky Halloween card. The inspiration for this design came from two members of my Designer Challenge team, Donna Wright and Karen Aicken


Here's what you should bring to class:

  • Scissors
  • Adhesives! Adhesives! Adhesives!
    • Tape Runner
    • Strong 0.25" tape (red line tacky or Scor tape)
    • Mini glue dots (these are the kind that are flat, sometimes called "snot dots")
    • Pop dots (highly recommend black pop-dots so they won't show behind the spooky tree)
    • Liquid glue able to be placed in fine areas (I love my Fineline bottle filled with Scotch Quick-Dry glue)
  • Sanding Block (I will also have some to share)
  • Paper Piercer 
  • Crop-a-Dile or Big Bite (something to punch a hole and set a standard eyelet)
  • Optional: Xyron X for small pieces
  • Optional: Brayer to mash down frame edges
  • Optional: Inks to ink edges
  • Recommended: Detail tweezers for placing small items
  • Recommended: Detail scissors for little cuts
  • Recommended: Smart phone or camera to take photos of samples

Looking forward to a day spent with my usual students and meeting some new friends, too!

Karen Burniston Pop it Ups Designer Challenge - Christmas in July

Last month the Designer Challenge was to use Pop it Ups for Christmas (or other winter holiday) cards. All of the projects can be found on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog here.

For my project I created a Pivot Accordion card and posted a video for how to make this card, plus a second video for how to assemble the Holiday House die. Here are the videos:



Somehow I managed to let an entire month go by without posting this project on my own blog. (eep!) Here are the photos and supply list:


The patterned papers are Echo Park's "Winter Wishes" collection.

Supply List:


VIDEO Tutorial: Floating Clouds Pivot Card

Today I'm teaching a technique for mixing in transparency panels with a Pivot Card die for a floating effect. This works especially well with clouds, but you could do this technique with any shape cut-out (think butterflies, flowers, etc.)

The star of today's card is my new nephew, Michael, born last week to my brother and sister-in-law. Awwww!

Here is the video tutorial:


What I particularly like about this technique is how the cloud holes create the visual interest and no further decorating is needed for the backgrounds. Quick, easy and economical!

Hello Sunshine front

The sun and greeting are from the same Lawn Fawn stamp set (supply links are at the end of this post) and I created shimmer on the sun by coating it with Glossy Accents and then dumping some Diamond Microfine Glitter over it while it was wet. The greeting is stamped in black ink and embossed with clear powder.

Hello Sunshine front

Another economical feature of this card is that it only requires two die sets - the Katie Label Pivot Card and the All Seasons Tree (for the clouds)

Hello Sunshine front

In the video I also show an alternate version of this card, this time in a Birthday theme using the new Hoppy the Frog die (available in stores and online mid-July 2014) The Happy Birthday greeting is a Peel-off sticker.

Hello Sunshine front

For this card I mixed in the larger decorator Katie Label that comes with the new Katie Label Accordion die (available mid-July). It includes the stitching die as well. The beauty of the two Katie Label dies is that the decorator pieces can mix and match between the two die sets but do not duplicate.

Hello Sunshine front

To convert Hoppy into a tree front I cut him from white, orange and patterned green paper and used the white portion for his chin and belly, the orange portion for his feet, eye sockets and mouth, and the green everywhere else. Rather than use the eyes die that comes in the set, I hand cut two almond-shaped pieces of black cardstock and dotted them with a white gel pen for the catchlights. I brushed a littel tan ink over the white parts for distressing and shaded the green portions with a Copic marker. As a final step I snipped off one of his legs and let it hang down from the stick so it would look like he was clinging to the branch.



Everything for the baby version of the card is available now, either at your local stores or online. Shopping links are provided below.

To my American readers, have a safe and happy 4th of July tomorrow!

Summer 2014 Pop it Ups Class Projects

I'll be hitting the Texas highways in a few weeks to teach a Pop it Ups card class throughout northeast Texas. I'm bringing along my daughter, Emma. This will be her first time helping me teach the classes, although she is very familiar with making the kits!

You can take this class all over east Texas or join me in Kansas or Colorado. 

First up, the House Pivot Card. I have hired my friend Jenn Mock to help me make kits and we decided this was an excellent opportunity, with so many Texas stores, to "Texasify" the greeting. Students who prefer a non-Texas greeting can swap out. (NOTES: Stamper's Ink and Simple Pleasures will get an alternate greeting. Scrapp'n Savvy will get an alternate card)


Next we'll use some of the brand new Summer Release dies. The Lorna Label pop-up die, Poppy the Owl and Props 1 are all new and will be available just in time for this teaching tour. 


The third card uses the brand new Spiral Circle Pull Card die plus the Clock and Gears. This die is very versatile, combining a z-fold opening mechanism with a traditional pop-up interior. It can be cut anywhere along the fold of any size card, and the spiral is optional. The possibilities are endless! Plus, the new Clock and Gears die fits just perfectly on it.


The last card will be a Christmas themed Katie Label Accordion featuring both of the new Katie Frame Edges - the Holly and the Stars. It also incorporates some new ECD dies - the Holly Flourish and the Merry Christmas. The Outdoor Edges are used to make the little cluster of pine trees on Page 3. This can easily be converted into non-Christmas with a few modifications, so don't feel like you can't take the class if you don't celebrate Christmas. 


All four of the cards in this class are A2 sized (4.25" x 5.5") when folded and will fit in standard A2 envelopes and mail for a single stamp.

Here's what you need to bring to class:

  • Scissors and a paper trimmer
  • Adhesives! Adhesives! Adhesives!
    • Tape Runner 
    • Strong 1/4" tacky or scor tape
    • Fine line glue pen (my favorite is a Fineline Applicator bottle, filled with any brand of dries-clear easy flow PVA glue)
    • Mini glue dots
    • Pop dots
  • Paper piercer
  • Sanding tool
  • Optional: Brayer to press down the Frame Edges on the Accordion 
  • Optional: Inks for inking edges - you are always welcome to add ink to projects
  • Optional: smart phone or camera for taking photos of the 100 sample cards on display
  • Optional: print out the card photos from this blog post to refer to in class. You will receive a small color photo of each card in your handout, but many students prefer having big photos.

Everything in the kits is pre-cut, which allows you to try a lot more dies than if you were cutting everything yourself. Take a look, for example, at the House Card kit - 29 pieces just for this card! 


You also receive a detailed handout with supply lists, cut sizes and instructions for re-making the cards, perhaps in a completely different color scheme. 

Hope to see you there!

*SNEAK PEEK* Summer 2014 Pop it Ups Release (part 2)

A couple of weeks ago I showed a Sneak Peek Part 1 of the Summer 2014 Pop it Ups die release and I'm back today with Part 2. All sixteen dies in the Summer Release will be in stores mid-July 2014. Elizabeth Craft Designs will also offer these dies on their website for people without local stores. 

This Part 2 Sneak Peek shows the remaining six dies and I've put together an introductory video for them:


Pivot Cards are quick and easy interactive cards where the designs pivot from the front and back of the card into the interior to create both the front and inside decoration in one fell swoop. The newest Pivot Card is the Evergreen Pivot Card (#912). This 8-die set will work year-round for outdoor scenes and also includes stars, ornaments and a gift when using it for Christmas trees. Each of the decorator tree dies has a different emboss feature - swirls, wavy lines and dots.

912 - Evergreen Pivot Card

The Outdoor Edges (#914) die is going to work great with all of the Pop it Ups dies to create borders and edges for all your outdoor scenes. Use the wavy hills edge to make snow, hills or even just a decorative edge to a card.

912 - Evergreen Pivot Card

I named the newest general pop-up after my late grandmother, Lorna. She also loved owls, so I thought it fitting to add Poppy the Owl to the card for the packaging. I think you'll really like the features of the Lorna Label - specifically how large it is for decorating. A box platform below the label sticks out a little further into the card, giving you two levels to decorate. There is a stitch die included to make this a 6-die set if you separate it from the slightly-larger decorator die. Leave them connected if you prefer having perfectly-aligned stitches every time.

912 - Evergreen Pivot Card

The Holiday House is a 10-die decorator set and there are lots of ways to combine the pieces into different style houses. Use this die on any of the general pop-up dies OR it will fit perfectly on the House Pivot Card (#902) die, either with just these pieces or mixed in with the pieces from the other house. The little string of lights from this set will also work great on the Evergreen Pivot Card to add lights to the trees.

912 - Evergreen Pivot Card

The Clock and Gears is another decorator die that will work great on its own or combined with the Pop it Ups dies. It will fit on the Circle Accordion #769 or the new Ring Accordion #904 or the Spiral Circle Pull Card #916. The numbers can be used individually and/or nested back into the holes for an inlaid look. Use the Roman numerals to create a second look to the clock, if desired. This is a 3" circle die, so a nice size to fill space on cards or layouts.

912 - Evergreen Pivot Card

And finally, the Spiral Circle Pull Card. This is a bit of a hybrid die - it has a Z-fold opening mechanism like a swing or flip card, but opens to a traditional solid card fold on the interior. It also has a hidden surprise inside with the optional spiral. There is a built-in closure system to keep the card closed so you don't get an accidental reveal. To open, simply pull. I will create a separate video on this card because there are so many options for it. It is a Pop it Ups die, which means you decide your card size and placement along the fold. An easy trick is just to add 3" to the width of your desired finished card size. For example - if you want the card to be an A2 when folded, (4.25" x 5.5") you would start with a 7.25" x 5.5" piece of cardstock. If you want the card to be a 6x6 when folded, you would start with a 9x6 piece of paper. You can also make interesting doubles and waterfalls with this die and the spiral can be used to make 3D roses. (See? It needs its own video!)

912 - Evergreen Pivot Card

 With these six dies and the ten from Sneak Peek Part 1 you can now see the entire Summer Release all together. It includes:

  • Five new interactive dies - two accordions, one pivot, one general pop-up and one pull card
  • Four new Frame Edge dies to fit Accordions - two for Katie, one for Oval, one for Fancy 
  • Three new Character dies - Poppy the Owl, Hoppy the Frog, Chilly the Penguin, plus Props 1 to fit all of the Characters.
  • Two new decorator dies to embellish the pop-ups (or use on their own): Holiday House, Clock & Gears
  • One new set of edge dies - Outdoor Edges

Retailers are receiving all of the price lists, item numbers and pre-order information this week, so check with your local store to encourage them to get their orders in. Elizabeth Craft Designs will ship to stores in the first part of July with the goal to have them available in the stores by July 15, 2014.

Karen Burniston Pop it Ups Designer Challenge - FLY!

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Today I'm blogging on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog for this month's Designer Challenge. Here are the only instructions I gave my team of eleven designers plus three guest designers:

The word is "FLY" - how will you interpret it? Use Pop it Ups for a project showing your vision.

They took the theme and ran flew with it! (See what I did there?) Definitely check out the ECD Blog to see photos and find links to all their amazing creations.

For my project I used the Butterfly Pivot Card along with the Butterfly Accessory Dies and Butterfly Embossing Folder to create a Triple Pivot card. Learn how I did it in this video:


The video has five main subjects:

  • Making a Triple Pivot Card using the Butterfly
  • Dryer Sheet tricks
  • Glittered inlaid butterfly
  • Butterfly Embossing Folder & Die coordination
  • Making Triple Pivot Cards using the Heart, Katie Label and House Pivot Card dies

Lots of content for 12 minutes, so I hope you'll give it a look. (And subscribe!)

Here are photos of my project followed by shopping links.


The video also shows how to get the tripling effect using the other Pivot Card dies:


Shopping Links:

A huge thanks to the amazing Designer Challenge Team (Caz, Donna, Fran, Frances, Gretchen, Helen, Karen, Kelly, Raquel, Shelly and Summer) and to my special guests Jenn Dove, Jennifer Mock and Sandy Diller for their projects for the FLY theme. My mind is soaring with ideas! (See what I did there?)