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Karen Burniston Pop it Ups Designer Challenge – FLY!

May 21, 2014

Hi, it’s Karen Burniston with the May Pop it Ups Designer Challenge. Each month I challenge my Designer Challenge team to use Pop it Ups dies for a specific theme. This month the challenge was to interpret the word “Fly” any way they choose using Pop it Ups dies.

For my project I’m using the Butterfly Pivot Card, Butterfly Accessory Die and Butterfly Embossing Folder (all of these products coordinate perfectly with each other) to teach a fun technique I’m calling a Triple Pivot Card.

Here are photos of the finished card from the video:

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Interested in using some of the other Pivot Card dies for a Triple Pivot Card? Here are some examples using the Heart Pivot Card, Katie Label Pivot Card and House Pivot Card.

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Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

Other Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill, Patterned Papers: Glitz, Glossy Accents: Ranger, Clear stamp greeting: Lawn Fawn, Washi Tape: source unknown

Now let’s see what the amazing Designer Challenge Team plus three Guest Designers came up with for the theme.

DC Team

Let’s start with the designers who chose to use Pivot Card dies.

Raquel Mason created an amazing Z-fold card with the Butterfly Pivot inside the card. Shimmer Sheetz on the butterflies give everything a bit of sparkle.


Summer Hills-Painter also used the Butterfly Pivot Card die and combined it with the Agatha Edges for a gorgeous look. The butterflies look so elegant cut all in white.


Summer Hills-Painter also made this fun card with the Katie Label Pivot Card. What a perfect interpretation of the theme!


Karen Aicken made two great House Pivot Cards for the challenge. On this first one the house is styled as a bird house and all the elements for the card came from a piece of patterned paper. Smart!


In Karen Aicken‘s second card, she’s used adorable stamps and the perfect sentiment. Notice the fun way she created a fence for the left half of the card by using the extra picket die that comes in the set.


I had a great time teaching earlier this month at the Great Yosemite Stamp Escape and it was especially fun to meet Jenn Dove. We really hit it off and I am in absolute awe of Jenn’s artistry and coloring skills. She agreed to join this month’s challenge as a guest designer and check out what she whipped up with the Katie Label Pivot Card. (Her blog has full instructions, so make sure you click her name to head over there)


We were also lucky enough to join our new Texas friends Joy and Deb for a quick trip into Yosemite after the retreat. Here’s a photo of Jenn and me in front of a little baby tree.

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Helen Cryer has such a way with combining elements. This gorgeous Butterfly Pivot card is no exception. She’s added in the Butterfly Accessory dies and the Agatha Edges for an explosion of color and flight. Beautiful!


Remember how I said that the designers could interpret the word “Fly” any way they wanted? Leave it to Frances Byrne to have the perfect stamps to make a housefly bug card! This card features the Katie Label Pivot card.


Frances Byrne also made a second challenge card, this time with the House Pivot Card and some cute stamped kids floating in the sky with balloons. Frances bent the fence back in line with the card and extended it. This is a great alternate use for the fence side of the pivot card.


Fran Sabad created a stunning acetate Butterfly Pivot card with pretty floral elements. Click her name to head to her blog and see all the photos and angles of this breathtaking card.


This next batch of cards uses the general pop-up dies:

Caz Counsell sent hedgehogs into the sky for this fun Garden Bench card, complete with soft fluffy clouds and a fabulous mosaic-look grass. You can’t help but smile at a cute card like this!


Raquel Mason always comes up with clever ways to use the dies differently and this month her imagination flew (see what I did there?) to converting the Lucy Label die into a standing pop-up. She has full instructions and a short video on her blog.


By now I am thoroughly convinced that there’s nothing Kelly Booth can’t color to perfection! Check out her adorable Lucy Label pop-up card with adorable stamped and colored critters. That background is marvelous!


Fran Sabad pieced together a hot air balloon for a Lucy Label pop-up with bright colors and loads of fun. All of the elements work beautifully together . . . bravo!


Donna Wright also used the Lucy Label this month to make a tall skinny card (8″ tall by 3″ wide) to create a soaring kite scene. Pop it Ups dies can be used in any size card anywhere along the fold and Donna illustrates that perfectly with this pretty card.


Donna Wright also made another Fly card with the Lucy Label, this time mixing in the butterfly dies and embossing folder plus edging the card with the Agatha Edges. Such a pretty card!


My good friend and fellow crafter Jennifer Mock has recently started working with me one day a week making class kits. Having Jenn to help has been a life saver! I asked her to be a guest designer for the Fly challenge and she created this cozy little Coffee card to illustrate the expression “Wouldn’t you love to be a fly on the wall?” (Notice the fly on the wall!) The friends, deep in gossip, are also “flying” on a clear Lucy Label platform. Check out that wood floor! Love this.



For the final batch of cards, let’s look at what the designers did with the Accordion Album dies:

Caz Counsell made this bright and fun Oval Accordion card with some super cute flying bug stamps. The dotted border on the ovals adds a nice touch and the brightly colored bugs mirror the colors in the paper.



Gretchen Schmidt made this absolutely perfect illustration of the Fly theme using stamps on the Circle Accordion Album. She also used the companion Square w/Circle Frame Edges to add a mitered patterned paper frame to each page. I love her use of the little hearts for Houston and her family in Kansas.


When Helen Cryer creates it’s always incredible (or, as I like to say; Helencredible!) and this project definitely fits that bill. I love how she’s decorated the Oval Accordion album with the clouds from the All Seasons Tree and everything is done on a warm kraft color. The layering of the stamps gives them such dimension.


Sandy Diller has joined the challenges as a Guest Designer in the past and was available to add a Fly card this month. And what a fly card! She chose a “Time Flies” theme and created this stunning Circle Accordion project. The detailing and elements in this card really give it a vintage masculine feel.


And finally, check out this stunner from Shelly Hickox (a true Shellypiece!) using the Fancy Accordion Album and Fancy Frame Edges dies. Such a fabulous masculine card featuring Shelly’s signature faux finish techniques. She also has a Vine video on her blog post showing this card in action. You’ll definitely want to check it out!



Thank you to the amazing team and our three guest designers for posting incredible creations this month. Join us on June 18, 2014, for the next Karen Burniston Pop it Ups Designer Challenge. The June theme is to use the Accordion Albums to show off photos and I’m sure we’re in for a treat with the talent assembled here!

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  • susan smith October 9, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    Karen just discovered your amazing cards – love the triple butterfly pivot card.. thank you for sharing this lovely technique.

  • Diana Document May 31, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    All these are such great cards and all of the designers are amazing. Thanks for sharing to everyone. Karen, I am anxiously awaiting you other die creations.

  • Mary Prasad May 27, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    All lovely cards – such fun to see the different interpretations of “fly!”

  • DebiJean Wankel May 23, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Love the versatility of the triple pivot card I have the Katie Label but this video makes me want to FLY right out and get the butterfly too ! Any chance you will release a star shape on a pivot soon? I am a veteran and make a lot of patriotic cards.
    Thank you for the inspiration!

  • Charline H May 22, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Love the versitility of your creations! Adds more “WOW” to your cards and the uniqueness is incredible!

  • yogiemp May 22, 2014 at 11:41 am

    what a great video with lots of good ideas/techniques. Very nicely done. Have a great day

  • Karen Aicken May 22, 2014 at 9:42 am

    OH KAREN B! You are amazing – I know I saw that a lot, but I mean it every single time. Just had a chance to sit and watch your video and I’m SO excited to try this technique. How cool to get yet another variation on your already versatile dies. Thanks for sharing your talents with us.
    Karen A

  • Edie Lesslie May 22, 2014 at 3:12 am

    I love all these cards. Such talent on your design team. Thanks for sharing all the many ways to use your dies. I never get tired of viewing them.

  • dyeandpigment55 May 21, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Great cards by the team and guests. Always love seeing an email update in my box. Thanks everyone.

  • TheresaMP May 21, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Great card collection. Awesome ways to use the dies. thanks as always for sharing.

  • Frances Byrne May 21, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Wow, you never cease to amaze me with your awesome videos each month, loving the triple pivot card! Loving all the DT creations too

  • Joset van de Burgt May 21, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Great Video and beautiful cards!!

  • Gretchen May 21, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Love all the projects!

  • Dee May 21, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Karen you are a pure genius with these cards, I would like to have the stamp of the flying hedgehog, so cute, it made me smile.

  • Angela S. May 21, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Such inspiration from everyone! Really loved the Triple Pivot video- can’t wait to have a go AND now I know about the butterfly dies fitting those on the embossing folder I will be trying that as well!

  • Raquel Mason May 21, 2014 at 9:37 am

    OMG Karen you are the BEST!!!! The Triple Pivot is so cool, I can’t wait to try it out. Love the washi tape & dryer sheet tips. Awesome job by all and I’m honored to be on your Design Team with such talented ladies.

  • Suzanne (sue) May 21, 2014 at 9:23 am

    WOW! awesome video of the butterfly pivot card & extras i’m not one to copy another work but you blew my socks off with this one i’m gonna have to start a savings fund for all you showed just so i can try it . you are one impressive lady thank you so much for sharing your awesome talents and designs

  • Karen Aicken May 21, 2014 at 9:20 am

    It is always such a treat to see the Desigh Teams cards in a single post. I am SO intrigued with your new Ida, and will watch the video as soon as I get home. I am in awe of your creative mind, Karen B.

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