Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 28: Surprise!

Happy December! 

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

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

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Watch the video to learn this technique:

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

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

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Once open, a present is revealed.

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

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

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



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

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

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

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Surprise Ball Pop-up Cards

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Crafting!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Blog Post: Parcel Pop-up Magic Card

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Blog Post: Parcel Pop-up Magic Card Part Two

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

 


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Happy Sunday!

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


Karen Burniston November Release Blog Hop

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

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

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To celebrate the release Karen Burniston and each of the Karen Burniston - KB Riley LLC Design Team members will be giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to some lucky person who comments on our blog posts, so make sure you join the hop and comment on everyone's blog post. Winners will be randomly chosen from ALL of the blog hop comments received on our blog posts by Saturday, November 15th 2019. Lots of chances to win some goodies, so just leave a comment on this post or any other blog hop posts to enter!

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Karen Burniston <---- YOU ARE HERE

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

 


Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 27: Holiday Accordions

Happy November!

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Crafting!

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Karen Burniston November 2019 Die Release

Happy November!

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

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

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

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


Pop up Light up Blog Hop with Pear Blossom Press

As if pop-up cards weren't cool enough . . . let's light 'em up!

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Thank you so much for hopping along with us on the Karen Burniston and Pear Blossom Press Collaboration Hop! Be sure to comment along the way to be entered to win one of two great prizes:

  • Snowman Twist Circle Die Set with a 5-pack of EZ-Lights, or 
  • Cake Pop-Up Die Set with a 5-pack of EZ-Lights! 

Now don’t worry if you aren’t drawn as one of the winners; we’ve got a special gift for everyone! Just enter the code POPANDLIGHT for 15% off your purchase at karenburniston.com or pearblossompress.com. One code works for both shops! (Coupon code valid until November 2, 2019.)

For my card I'm teaching how to light up the Snowman Twist Circle die set with the added element of a vellum window so you can light up the card in the closed position as well. Learn how to do this by watching the YouTube video here:

Because the patterned paper I chose was laid out in squares, I made a 6x6 square card with a center square window backed with vellum. You can see the mummy octopus and jack-o-lantern through the vellum window when the card is closed.

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

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

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Press the switch again to light it up.

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I cannot say enough about the Pear Blossom Press EZ-Lights. They are the perfect choice for the pop-ups because the lights are tiny and on wires that can easily be strung onto the pop-ups, reaching even the smallest of spots, like the tops of candles. You'll definitely want to hop through and check out all the amazing inspiration by both company teams.

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

 

Prizes & Official Contest Rules

Two prizes will be awarded to two separate winners, chosen at random, from comments left on participating blogs and videos. No purchase necessary. Comments must be posted by 11:59 pm PDT on October 26, 2019. Only one comment per blog or video will be counted, but you can comment on multiple blogs and videos in the hop for additional entries. (This is to prevent spam.) Contest open internationally to participants over 18 years of age. Void where prohibited by law. Any personal information collected will only be used for the purposes of contacting winners, your information will never be shared or sold. Comments left on YouTube videos must not violate community guidelines. This contest is not sponsored by YouTube. Winners will be announced on November 28, 2019 here and prizes must be claimed within thirty days of announcement, or new winners will be drawn. 

Ready to hop on? Here's the list of participating blogs. 

Karen Burniston <------ YOU ARE HERE

Pear Blossom Press

Karen Aicken

Niccole Kulig

Frances Byrne

Jessica Shier

Lois Bak

Lynnea Hollendonner

Fran Sabad

Jenn Paar Gross

Sandy Diller

Jess Francisco

Kelly Booth

Lisa Golzbein

Summer Hills-Painter











Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 26: Autumn

Happy October!

Our Designer Challenge this month has a theme of Autumn. The team has once again knocked it out of the park with their fabulous creations.

For my project and video I'm teaching a fun technique for doubling our Pivot Panels die sets. To demonstrate I've used the House Pivot Panels, but this technique works with any of them. I also used the Tree Pop-up and Nature Edges.

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Learn how to make this card by watching the video tutorial:

To make a double pivot panels card you'll want a landscape 5x7 card (or larger). For the front of my card I have a simple lead-in using the same styling as the interior. (My favorite way to make card fronts.)

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Open the card to reveal a forest of trees behind an autumnal village. The video shows how to attach two pivot panels die sets together to create a longer pop-up. You also have room behind the pop-up to add another platform as I did, or even to fill it with a third pivot panels. (You decide!)

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Here's a closer look at the houses and trees. The patterned papers (Photo Play) do all of the work creating the fall colors. The greeting is from Word Set 7.

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Want to give this technique a try? Here are the products used in the video:

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

Frances Byrne kicks us off with a gorgeous Photo Collage card featuring vibrant autumn elements and colors. I love how Frances seamlessly mixes die cut elements and stamps into fabulous scenes.

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Kelly Booth pays homage to pumpkin spice season with a fabulous Coffee Cup pop-up in fall colors. Notice the festive speckled cup and stenciled napkin edge. I'll take a venti, please!

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Karen Aicken amuses with a Spinner Square card featuring a Funny Bones sentiment. I love how she created a custom inked background and also used the happy die from Word Set 7 to completely fill the front of the card. What a great technique!

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Sandy Diller made a vibrant and beautiful staggered Charm Accordion to celebrate the season. I love the pumpkin scene she created along the bottom of her card plus the solid panel front cover.

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Lois Bak used the Rockin' Rectangle and some fun Riley and Company stamps for a Thanksgiving card that's sure to delight. The front features the Autumn Elements layered into a lovely embellishment.

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Fran Sabad also used the Rockin' Rectangle and also used Riley and Company stamps but with a different effect. Fran made a window card and fun apple-picking colors. What a great way to welcome fall on the farm.

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Hopefully we've inspired you to craft up some autumn goodness. Join us next month on Wednesday, November 6th for our next Designer Challenge with a theme of HOLIDAY ACCORDIONS. The team will be using our Charm Accordion or Fancy Accordion to make holiday cards. 

Happy Crafting!

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Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 25: Enjoy the Ride!

Happy September everyone!

First just a little update on die releases - we elected not to release anything specifically Christmas/Holiday this year. Our July release contained so many dies that can be styled for holiday (Photo Collage, Triple Flip, Barn, Train, Family Room) that we felt our existing holiday dies would pair nicely with any of the new ones to "holiday" them up. Look for new Christmas-specific dies next summer. We are planning a small release in November, but the dies will be generic. 

Our theme this month is Enjoy the Ride. The challenge is to use our Rocket Pop-up or Train Pivot Panels for a card of any theme. To illustrate how well our newest pop-ups can be styled for Christmas, I decided to use our Train Pivot Panels for a Beary Christmas card. It's the Polar (bear) Express, if you will.  

This card measures 4.25" x 5.5" when closed and will mail in a standard A2 envelope. The patterned papers are very old ones from my stash (We R Memory Keepers Peppermint Twist collection from 2011.) The front of the card is created with two layers of Outdoor Scene hills and clouds, plus the Winter Animals bear holding the wreath from the Christmas Animals. To create the custom greeting, I combined the "B" and "a" from Birthday (Word Set 2) with the "Merry Christmas" die from Word Set 3.

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Open the card and the train pops up. I altered the train cars to be flat cars (thanks to Sandy Diller for that idea) and used the smallest cloud from the Outdoor Scene as engine smoke (credit to Lois Bak).  The tracks and crossing sign are from the add-on Train Elements die set.

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Because the bears were so tall on the train cars I used the bear die to cut away the shape of the head from the upper part of the pop-up. The video teaches this technique and it's a good one to use any time you plan on filling the first two cars with tall items.

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If you'd like to create your version of this card, here are the links to the supplies I used. 

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And then there were 8. Eagle-eyed observers will notice a missing face from the Design Team graphic this month. After a decade (yes, a decade!) of being on my Design Teams, Shelly Hickox has decided to retire. Between a recent move and a new grandbaby, Shelly has plenty to keep her busy and wants to free up time to focus on family and travel. We will miss her incredible creations (I like to call them Shellypieces) and wish her the very best. 

Let's take a look at the incredible Enjoy the Ride creations by our talented team. Make sure you click their names to open their blog post in a new window. You'll find the links to their supplies plus more photos, tips, tricks, techniques, even videos on their individual blog posts.

Karen Aicken has a signature technique with the Train Pivot Panels - she uses the die as a generic multi-tier pop-up in a top-fold card by simply turning it and then decorating each section in any theme. This month she took that idea one step further by cutting the Train out of a clear material to animate the Rocket and Space Charms so they really appear to be floating. Because folded acetate tends to spring back, Karen's card opens on its own! What a fun effect when her grandson pulls the card out of the envelope!

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Fran Sabad also combined both the Train Pivot Panels and the Rocket Pop-up for this adorably bright and cheery Enjoy the Ride card. There are so many occasions where you might send an Enjoy the Ride card - birthday, congrats, retirement, new baby, travel, etc. I love all the little touches on Fran's card.

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Lois Bak created a Christmas Train that is both holly and jolly! She happened upon some puffy stickers in a craft store with a Santa that perfectly fit in the window of the train. I love the beautiful evergreen scenery she used as a backdrop and the festive red and green puffs of smoke (use the wheels of the train for this effect). So merry!

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Frances Byrne also made a Christmas Train, this time incorporating some cute stamps. Our dies coordinate so nicely with stamps - it's a great pairing. I particularly love Frances's choice of the Crosshatch Rectangles in the backdrop for edging and the way she shortened "holidays" to a "Ho Ho Ho" greeting. Festive and fun!

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Kelly Booth created a personalized train Tag Book for a friend's retirement. She mixed the perfect school stamps and papers with the dies for this one-of-a-kind treasure. I love the color scheme of this card and Kelly's signature coloring skills. Fabulous!

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Summer Hills-Painter's card is a blast! She used the Rocket Pop-up, Space Charms and Enjoy the Ride dies for a birthday card that's out of this world. I particularly like all the brightly colored rhinestones that decorate the alien ship on the front of the card. Plus her triple flame on the rocket. Love this to the moon and back!

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Sandy Diller created a steampunk train birthday card and it is ahhhmazing! She added a wing to the side of the engine to match the styling of the patterned paper and her cloud is attached to an acetate strip so it moves with the pop-up as the card opens and closes. The gears filling the train cars are the perfect choice for this steampunk work of art.

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Well I hope you enjoyed the ride through these fabulous transportation creations. Join us next month on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 for our next Designer Challenge with a theme of AUTUMN. I can't wait to see all the beautiful fall colors in next month's theme.

Happy Crafting!

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Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 24: Fun on the Farm

For this month's Designer Challenge we have a theme of Fun on the Farm where I challenged the team to use the new farm-themed dies on a card.

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For my video I wanted to teach a technique of combining the Family Room Pop-up with the floating floor from the House & Fence Pop-up to make a top-fold double floating floor family room card. To make it fit the theme I decorated mine using the farm dies, but this is a generic technique that can be used for many themes. Learn it by watching this video.

The card measures 4.75" x 5.5" in the closed position. The front of the card is a simple lead-in to the magic inside.

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FamilyRoomFloatingFloorOpenHere are a couple other versions of this card that I made at a recent retreat. The Halloween version uses the same two base dies - Family Room and House & Fence, plus our Halloween themed dies - Scene, Elements and Charms.

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Then I tried it in a Thank You theme. This one adds Word Set 4, Thank You and the Memory Charms.

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Ready to give this technique a try? Here are links to the dies and supplies used in the video.

 

Let's take a look at the great ideas by our talented Design Team.

Fran Sabad is planning a wedding for her youngest daughter at their family farm so this theme was perfect to celebrate the upcoming nuptials.  

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Frances Byrne combined the Barn with the Family Room to make this super cool hang out for cows.

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Karen Aicken made the most exquisite Christmas Barn. I love all the incredible details. Make sure you click over to see the other photos of this spectacular card.

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Sandy Diller made a double floating floor to animate the Barn and then added cows to extra supports. Fabulous!

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Kelly Booth made a super fun birthday card using the Barn and animals, plus Tiny Accessories sets.

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Lois Bak created a fun fold card and then dressed up the farm animals in fun costumes from our Tiny Accessories sets. 

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Summer Hills-Painter was inspired by a recent technique Karen Aicken shared for creating a single large flip with the Triple Flip card. There's a fun reveal when the tab is pulled - click over to Summer's blog to see it.

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Well we hope you are inspired by all these ideas for using the farm dies for all seasons and occasions. Join us next month on September 4, 2019 for our next Designer Challenge with a theme of Enjoy the Ride.