Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 30 - Double!

Happy February!

Our Designer Challenge for this month has a theme of "Double!". I challenged the team to double up their pop-ups for a card of any theme. They could either use two of the same pop-up in a card, or combine two different pop-ups in an interesting way.

The team has been posting some very fun animals created by stacking our Surprise Ball Pop-up. You'll see several double-ball animals for this month's challenge. I wanted to try my hand at a double-ball animal and came up with a lizard. The offset stacking of the Surprise Balls makes for a different look at allows the animal to pop out further than the limits of the card - always a fun effect!

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Learn how I made it by watching the full video tutorial:

My card measures 6.5" square when closed. It is held closed by using the flap from the Flap and Closure die set on the right edge of the card and then a magnet/ribbon closure. The papers are older ones from my stash. I used a few dies to decorate the front of the card, including the Circles - Crosshatch, a balloon from the Explosion Pop-up, Border Blends - Party and Word Set 2 - Birthday

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Lift the ribbon to release the card. A cute lizard pops up on the right side of the card. Spin the lizard to see all sides. I used the Crosshatch Circles set for the greeting circles, the eyes and the mouth. The other circles come included in the Surprise Ball set. The tail and legs are hand cut.

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To make nostrils, I used the inner parts of the lamb ears from the Chicken, Pig and Lamb set. 

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Want to make your own lizard? What other animals can you style using this technique of an offset stacked Surprise Ball set? Here are the supplies used on my card:

Get ready for DOUBLE the inspiration with these fabulous Design Team projects. For each project you may click the designer's name to open a new tab with their blog post. On their blog posts you'll find supply lists, more photos, tips, videos, etc. Click away!

Frances Byrne created this fabulous stacked Surprise Ball penguin. The sleeve-style card keeps the animal flat for mailing and then offers such a fun surprise as it slides out and pops up. Such a clever and fun design.

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Fran Sabad's double stacked Surprise Ball is decorated as a birthday piggy. Squee! I am so impressed with how the team manages to find “pieces and parts” for the animals from other die sets.

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Frances Byrne also made this amazing double Surprise Ball panda. Incredible! Click over to her blog post to read how she made bamboo for her panda. So creative!

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Lois Bak made a large card to hold two side-by-side Surprise Ball billboards. Such a special card for the happy couple. 

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Lois also made a stacked Surprise Ball minion card with a banana-pull tab. What perfect styling to recreate these popular little cuties.

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Sandy Diller created a full YouTube video to teach this stunning combination of the Fancy Label Accordion and Heart Pivot Panels. I love this clever combination for an over-the-top way to say I Love You!

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Kelly Booth combined the Woven Basket Box card with the Coffee Cup Pop-up for a sweet Valentine's bouquet. I love the mix of woodgrain with the pinks and reds. So sweet!

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Kelly Booth made a second version of her Woven Basket/Coffee Cup mash-up, this time with a bouquet of Love Charms delivered by the Feathered Animals. Absolutely adorable!

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Karen Aicken always has great ideas for how to repurpose and stretch die sets. Her challenge card is the perfect example - turning the Cupcake Pop-up sideways and doubling it, then embellishing with the Gift Card Label. I love these soft pretty colors and the generic repurposing of the cupcake set.

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Well that's a wrap on another challenge full of great inspiration by the team. Join us next month on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 for our next challenge with a theme of Treasure!

Happy Crafting!

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Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 29 - Hearts!

Welcome to our first Designer Challenge of 2020. This month our theme is "Hearts" and you'll find some lovely heartfilled cards by our Design Team to inspire you.

For my card and video I am showing how to use the Surprise Ball Pop-up to animate a circle billboard, suitable for any theme. In keeping with the challenge I decorated mine for Valentine's Day.

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Learn the technique by watching the full YouTube video here:

This card measures 5.5" square when closed. The front is decorated with patterned paper (Crate Paper Main Squeeze, from my stash) and two love note charms from the Love Charms. The scalloped edge pieces were made using the Tropical Scene die set.

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Because of the bulky bead closure, it would need a bubble mailer, but I plan to give it in person. You can always swap out the closure for something more mail-friendly, like a tie closure, belly band or magnets.

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Once the closure is released, the billboard will pop-up, attached to the Surprise Ball. The billboard is created on a base of the largest Crosshatch Circle and decorated with Love Charms and our Happy Valentine's Day word die. The inside patterned paper (PhotoPlay Candy Hearts) is also from my stash. 

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Here are the supplies used in the video. This technique would work wonderfully for any theme by swapping out the papers and embellishments.


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

Frances Byrne created this fabulous Circle Tag Book featuring the Heart Pivot Panels. Love the touches of cream and gold to highlight the red/pink color scheme. 

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Karen Aicken combined red and kraft for this fabulous Surprise Ball Valentine. I especially love the paper yoyo on the top of the ball. Check out Karen's blog for a video of this card in action.

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Fran Sabad made two cards for the challenge showing the Heart Pivot Panels two ways - in a standard card and then combined with the Twist Panel Pop-up. The foil elements and patterned hearts are gorgeous.

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Sandy Diller cleverly combined the Tag Book Pop-up with the Heart Pivot Panels to create this unique card with elements of both pop-ups. She has a full video tutorial for how she made it on her blog post, so be sure to click over and watch it. Love the combination of pink and teal on this.

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Lois Bak created this magnificent light-up Surprise Ball Valentine. She has more information and a video of the card in action on her blog post. This is such a cool effect and the EZ-Lights from Pear Blossom Press work so wonderfully with our pop-up dies that we are now carrying them on our website.

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Kelly Booth created two amazing cards for the challenge. First up, she combined the Circle Tag Book and Heart Pivot Panels for a fun vibrant Valentine. I like how she added the Love Charms to the pop-up.

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Kelly's second card is absolutely adorable, combining our Surprise Ball Pop-up with cute googly-eyed stamped frogs. One of the frogs is on an action wobbler for even more interactive fun.

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Hopefully you feel inspired by a hearty helping of heart-filled cards. Join us next month on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 for our next Designer Challenge. 

Happy Crafting!

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Video Tutorial: Gnome Surprise Ball Pop-up Card

Happy New Year!

In honor of it being 2020, I think "vision" is going to be my word for this year. 

On Christmas Eve I posted a Christmas gnome card made with our Surprise Ball Pop-up die set, and others. You can check out the photos and supplies for that card on this blog post: Gnome Surprise Ball Christmas Card.

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When I posted the card on Facebook and Instagram I received a lot of requests for a video tutorial. Since Christmas is over and spring approaches, I thought I'd create a version of this card decorated as a garden gnome instead, and decorate it with a "Happy Birthday from the garden" theme.

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Watch the full YouTube video to see how I made this card:

When closed, this card measures 7" x 7". It's a big card and because of the bulk will probably need a bubble mailer or hand delivery. The closure is made using some twill, decorative flower brads (stash item) and magnets. The red dimensional flower is something I found in my stash. The pot, leaves and tulips are made with the Garden Charms die set. The Ovals - Crosshatch set is also used.

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Lift the right side of the twill to release the garden gnome. He springs up inside the card, holding gardening tools in his hands. The patterned papers I used on the card are older ones from my stash. The green polka dot paper is Cosmo Cricket (from 2011 - I told you - OLD!), and the floral paper is from Pebbles Front Porch collection. (newer, but still old) These patterns would be easy to substitute with newer papers.

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Since the gnome spins on a brad, I thought it would be fun to hide the second half of the greeting on his back, revealed when he turns around.

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The garden gnome features yarn hair, ribbon sleeves and die cut hands, nose and hat. I added little thumbs so he could hold the Garden Charms.

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Want to give this card a try? Here are all the dies I used in the video. 


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Merry Christmas!

There's gno place like gnome for the holidays! (See what I did there?) I thought it would be fun to style our new Surprise Ball Pop-up die set as a Christmas gnome.

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The front of the card measures 7" x 7" when closed. The flaps come from the Flap and Closure die set, moved closer to the center for more overlap. I loved the characters in the Photo Play patterned papers so I styled our Snowman die to match the one in the paper. The closure is a combination of ribbon, star brads and magnets. 

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Release the closure by lifting the right side of the ribbon. The gnome springs up from inside the card. I created his hat using our Rectangles Crosshatch set, cutting on the diagonal twice and then once across the bottom. The circles for his hands and pompom come included in the Surprise Ball set. The oval for his nose came from our Ocean Animals set. The other ovals from our Ovals Crosshatch set. I used yarn to make the beard and hair. Ribbon is used for his sleeves.

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The gnome will rotate on a hidden brad and a second greeting "Ho Ho Ho" is attached to the back panels. Our Alphabet set was the perfect size.

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Gnomes are hot right now, so this card could be changed to another season easily by changing the colors and styling of the gnome so he's more of a garden gnome. Here are the products I used on my Christmas version.

Happy New Year and may your days be Merry and Bright!


Pop-up Cards class projects - December 2019

My last class of the year is this Wednesday, December 18th at Scrapp'n Savvy in Conroe, TX. As of yesterday there were 2 seats left, so call the store quickly if you want in on this class.

Because it's so close to Christmas I chose not to make holiday cards for this class. We will start with a Surprise Ball Pop-up card with a generic theme of "oh happy day" that can be used for most occasions. 

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The card measures 5x7 and also features our Flap and Closure die set. Decorator dies were pulled out of other pop-up sets including the cute little heart tree from the Oval Frames Pop-up die set and a bird from the Frame Pull Pop-up. The beautiful bird paper is from Bo Bunny. Other patterned papers are Echo Park.

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Next we'll make a birthday card using the Gift Pivot Panels (the die set is included in your kit). These papers are also Echo Park.

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This card is a standard A2 size and will mail easily. It's decorated with our Crosshatch shape dies, Celebrate and Border Blends - Party die sets.

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Students please bring these tools/supplies to class:

  • Scissors
  • Adhesives - tape runner, strong glue capable of making a fine line, mini glue dots, pop-dots (optional)
  • Paper piercer
  • Quickstick or tweezers for assembling the little presents
  • If you have them - clips for holding things together while glue dries. This could be large paper clips or bag clips or binder clips.
  • If you have one - a needle threader to pull the twine through the closure.
  • Print outs of these two cards OR plan to take photos of the originals with your phone/tablet to refer to in class.

I will have a full trunk show with me as well.

See you soon!


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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Magic Card Riley Stamp

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. 


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.