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Karen Burniston Pop it Ups Designer Challenge – Spooky September!

September 17, 2014

Hi, it’s Karen Burniston with the September 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 make Halloween cards and you are going to LOVE what they’ve created.

For my project and video I will teach the technique for doubling the Lorna Label Pop-up since it’s something that a lot of the designers have been doing and I get regular requests for a video tutorial showing how to do it. I added a second technique for adding a skinny box platform through the Double Lorna, allowing animation of a taller and/or heavier object (like a mummified penguin). Watch the video here:

Here are photos of the finished card, which measures 5″ wide by 5.5″ tall and will mail in an A7 envelope (5″ x 7″) for additional postage because of the bulk.


Here’s a close-up photo of my Chilly Mummy. Because of the ribbon wrapping, the arms have bulk and will naturally fall down into the “I’m going to get you!” position when the card is opened.


Here’s a side view of the card so you have a visual of all the different platforms in the double-Lorna-plus-extra-box card. The lower Lorna label, made automatically in the doubling process, acts as a floating floor and you can add horizontal slots anywhere along that floor to animate other objects, such as my tree. Use a slot/foot system to animate items all over the floor if you choose.

If you’re wondering why I didn’t simply use a slot/foot system to animate the mummy, it was only because the mummy was going to be heavy with all the bandages and especially top-heavy with the arms coming out. For that reason, I went with a full box platform instead of just a slot/foot. If you need a reminder of the video measurements:

  1. Measure 1.75″ from the center fold of the card to place the slot die.
  2. Use a 3/8″ x 9″ strip of cardstock, folded in half, then in half again, to create a box platform with 2.25″ sides. Trim the outer sections into small feet to make it easier to attach them through the slots.



Elizabeth Craft Designs Pop it Ups Dies by Karen Burniston:

Other Supplies:

  • Patterned Paper – Graphic 45
  • Clear stamp (Trick or Treat) – My Mind’s Eye
  • Happy Halloween ribbon – Creative Impressions
  • Magnets – Basic Grey
  • Cardstocks – Bazzill
  • Red pen (for bloodshot marks) – Stampin’ Up!
  • Stash items, source unknown – black bat, washi tape, ribbon for bandages, spiderweb stamp

11DC Team Album

Ready for some amazing inspiration across every category of Pop it Ups dies? Sit back and let the Designer Challenge Team amaze you. If you have any questions about their projects or supplies, simply click the name to head over to their blog post where they have posted additional photos, supply lists, tips, tricks, etc.


Raquel Mason created this fun haunted house card using the House Pivot Card, Poppy the Owl, the All Seasons Tree and the Holiday House dies. Poppy sits atop the broom from the ECD snowman die and because the handle of the broom is attached behind the house, Poppy will “fly” when the card is opened. So clever!

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Donna Wright also used the House Pivot Card with the Holiday House and All Seasons Tree, but went for a more ominous spooky feel with her black houses, Outdoor Edges silhouetting the horizon and bright glittery moon.


Donna Wright blew me away with this creation, where she created a double-House card (use the same “cut into a folded card” technique as shown in this month’s video) but then continued on with another clever technique which was to invert the folds so the double-house is a pop-up inside the card rather than a pivot. She mixed house parts from the Holiday House and the House Pivot Card to fashion her two houses and stamped and colored some cute trick-or-treaters to complete the look.


Fran Sabad also used the House Pivot Card and wanted to show that a new stamp set from Stampin’ Up! will work perfectly with this die. Make sure you click over to see her card’s interior, too.



Helen Cryer created the cutest Frankenstein card ever using the Spiral Circle Pull Card. Helen comments on her blog that this card was made easier by having all the control over card size and fold placement. The Spiral Circle Pull Card needs only a card with a fold (and the fold can be anywhere) to turn it into a z-fold flip card.

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Frances Byrne also used the Spiral Circle Pull Card, but did something completely different – she created a gatefold double pull with the Clock and Gears on the first circle and the spiral inside the second circle. Check out the eyeballs on the spiral – what a great spooky idea!

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Karen Aicken shows yet another look for the Spiral Circle Pull Card – leaving the spiral exposed so it is visible in the closed position. You’ll see her cute googly-eyed crows peeking out from within the spiral. Then, pull the card open and the crows will fly. How fun!



Summer Hills-Painter and I were definitely wave-lengthing on our ideas this month. She, too, created a Chilly-the-Mummy card. The pop-up die is the Lots of Pops, which comes with several platforms for decorating. She used just the shadow layer of Chilly, cut from green cardstock and wrapped with bandages from her first aid kit! I especially love the inking on her moon.

Summer September Challenge

Shelly Hickox created a towering haunted house using the Holiday House die with folded paper so each section of the house would become taller. She explains this process on her blog. Shelly used the Lorna Label pop-up to animate her spooky house and fence.

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Kelly Booth also created a double-Lorna card this month and decorated it to perfection using stamped and colored images and her own background inking technique. Kelly is amazing with her Copics as you can see here!


Karen Aicken used Hoppy the Frog on the Lucy Label pop-up die for a fabulous Hoppy Halloween card. This side view shows the differences between the Lucy and the Lorna pop-up dies. Lucy (used here) is a smaller label that sits very far forward into the card. The extra box platform (used for the bat) is optional. 


Karen Aicken‘s next card uses the Lorna Label pop-up. You can see that the Lorna is a larger label that sits close to the back wall and atop a required box platform. In this card Karen used it to animate the Holiday House die and made a clever path using the Outdoor Edges.


Caz Counsell blew me away with her FrankenPop card, not only for the very clever and cute styling of Poppy the Owl as Frankenstein, but also for the amazing texture she created with the Damask Embossing folder for the foreground and the trees. Everything about this card is amazing!



Shelly Hickox made a sensational 3-page Katie Label Accordion with clear pages that have been stamped with spider webs. What an amazing combination of patterns and textures. Shelly explains how she created this look on her blog post. I also have a video tutorial for adding clear pages to Accordion albums.

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Raquel Mason shows off the brand new Halloween in Frame peel-off stickers, designed by Judi Kauffman to perfectly coordinate with the Katie Label Accordion die. For Raquel’s card, she used the silver peel-off stickers, plus microfine glitter and bright greens, purples and oranges. The Katie Stars Frame Edges are used on the album and she also added a string of banners across the pages using pieces from the Lots of Pops die. What fun!

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Kelly Booth also used the same dies and stickers as Raquel, but chose to do a four page Katie Label Accordion with the black peel-off stickers and despite similar color choices, the two cards feel completely different. That’s the wonderful thing about die cutting, where every card is a new card, even with the same ingredients.


Frances Byrne used Poppy the Owl and the broom from the ECD snowman die for a fabulous 3-page Fancy Accordion Album. This card is fabulous – clean, crisp and loads of fun!Frances2_Fancy

Fran Sabad recently injured her arm and has been crafting one-handed (and her left hand, too!) I certainly can’t tell a difference in her amazing creations, can you? Check out this 3-page Circle Accordion with fabulous pieces and parts. Fran found the perfect green bubbles for her brew.


Fran Sabad also made a 2-page Oval Accordion card with a witchy Poppy the owl and the new Oval Clouds Frame Edges. What a perfect combination of colors!



Karen Aicken made this wonderful card front for her haunted house card shown above. I love her styling of Poppy the Owl with shiny eyes and patterned body. She added a stamped and glittered witch hat and illustrates how perfectly the All Seasons Tree works as a branch for the Character dies.


Caz Counsell shows how perfectly the decorator dies in the Pop it Ups collection can be used for flat card fronts. Here she has used Hoppy the Frog for a wonderful witch’s brew card. Notice the cauldron’s feet – eek! Love that!


So how about it? Feeling spookily inspired to try your own version of one (or more) of these cards? One thing I can guarantee is that pop-up cards ooze fun. They’re fun to make, fun to give and most definitely fun to receive!

I’ll be back next month on October 15th for the next Designer Challenge. In October we’re doing a theme called Make it Manly where we will inspire you with card ideas suitable for the men and boys in your life using Pop it Ups dies.

Until then . . . Happy Haunting!

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  • Mary Prasad October 2, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    So many wonderful projects! Lots of great ideas here!

  • vivink September 24, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Wow! Karen, you are amazing! How do you keep coming up with all these new techniques? I am definitely going to try this technique. I really appreciate the time you take to do the videos you share with us. The cards this month were all spooktacular! Thanks to you and your amazing design team for all the inspiration.

  • Louise Luoma September 24, 2014 at 8:50 am

    I love to learn a new technique that you show on your videos!

  • Nancy Walker September 23, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Another new technique! I love all of them! This gives me something to look forward to at the end of my day–creating with something I have learned on this blog. Thank you for always inspiring me!

  • Paulette S September 23, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    I love Halloween projects! Is there any better technique, than popping something up?! All of these projects are wonderful!

  • Lynn Fletcher September 22, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    The cards by each of the Design Team are quite interesting. They each use a different technique!

  • jan j September 22, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    ALWAYS enjoy your designs! Your technique makes me smile, I can’t wait for my critter dies to arrive this week!

  • Vickie barker September 22, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Your techniques for your pop ups are fun, easy and enjoyable to make! Love your creations!

  • Jean heming September 20, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Trying a different technique of Karens every chance I get !!! Love her to pieces!!!!

  • Connie L. Riley September 20, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    I absolutely love Halloween, so these cards were GREAT! I definitely learned a lot of nifty techniques starting with Karen’s post for the double Lorna Label platform. I also loved Shelly Hickox card with the acetate inserts. All of the cards were dynamic and had great designs!

  • Barbara Washington September 20, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Such wonderful inspiration. I love how these dies are so technique friendly!

  • Linda Horsey September 20, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Love the technique of pop up cards. You do a fantastic job. I wish I was as talented and as patient as you to try this technique.

  • scramblinrosie September 20, 2014 at 2:14 am

    I have ALWAYS loved your ability with engineering paper. You have the perfect technique!!!

  • Lisa Eldridge September 19, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    Love the bandage wrapping technique and the witches brew card is brilliant!

  • Sandy H September 19, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    The different techniques you and the team come up with are amazing.

  • Jackie September 19, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Love all the cards that were made this month and the technique used.

  • Bonnie in Virginia September 19, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    I have learned so much watching your videos and love every technique!

  • Fran September 19, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    What amazing cards! Thank you for showing such great ideas and techniques!

  • Debbie B. September 19, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Some much great inspiration. I can’t wait to try this new technique ;- )

  • Gerry September 19, 2014 at 7:31 am

    I love all the great technique’s you and your design team create.

  • Sabrina Radican September 19, 2014 at 7:26 am

    All of these cards are absolutely spectacular spooky and I love them all!!!! I also absolutely love the double Lorna extra box technique!!! Just amazing!!!!

  • Paris September 19, 2014 at 7:15 am

    Love, love the wallpaper background technique! So smart to leave it slightly bigger all around and then trim the excess off! It takes away the guess work of trying to make/fit it perfectly at the beginning and ultimately saves time!

    I have a question for you. I have a problem lining up a backer card with any Pop it Ups card I’m making. For some reason I can’t seem to get the two lined up in the center and there ends up being a small gap where the finished card folds. The inside piece with the Pop it Ups always ends up slightly away from the backer card right in the center where the 2 folds meet. I have watched your videos many times and tried it over and over again but I can’t get the inside piece to line up flush with the backer card at the fold. And the small gap that is there then rips when I open the card. I have 9 of your dies that you can use, or they need, a backer card but I am having a hard time. Any suggestions?


    • Karen Burniston September 19, 2014 at 7:19 am

      Hi Paris, try doing it the way I do in the video where you cram the fold of the pop-up into the fold of the backing card and then slide your hands up the back wall to attach the two. Then repeat. If you close the card against the pop-up card to attach it you run the risk of the inside card pushing out a bit and making that gap bigger. However, you can also fix the ones you’ve already made by simply snipping the fold on the pop-up card so you only have the fold of the backing card. Once your pop-up is inside the card you really don’t need a double-fold. Take some detail scissors and go into that gap and just snip the pop-up into two pieces that meet at the fold (speaking only of the parts that are in the fold, not the pop-up portions themselves – leave all those folds). Hope this helps!

      • Paris September 19, 2014 at 12:29 pm

        Thank you! I think I might have been trying to close the card slightly while attaching the inside card. I’ll try a couple where I slide my hands up the card instead of folding the top layer onto it.

  • Lila September 19, 2014 at 7:04 am

    Oh, Karen what wonderful technique…s you show us. Thank you share your love of crafting,

  • Cynthia Link September 19, 2014 at 6:02 am

    Your designs have given me so much inspiration! The Lorna Label is an absolute must-have, and I just LOVE the double Lorna label technique you showed us. Great use of mixing up the many dies to make a fabulous card. Hats off to you Karen! Thanks for teaching us to be better crafters!

  • Lynda September 19, 2014 at 5:54 am

    The new technique is awesome! Very talented!

  • Shari Del Buono September 19, 2014 at 5:44 am

    I always look forward to all the techniques Karen comes up with each month. There are so many fun projects and I must add all the dies to my collection Love them all!!!

  • Angela Eccles September 19, 2014 at 4:49 am

    What a range of fun projects1 Don’t know which technique to try first!

  • Dee September 19, 2014 at 3:17 am

    Your design team has done it again! I just love how they take texture and color and a few dies and make so many different bootiful cards. It truly is all in the technique they use!

  • Frann September 19, 2014 at 1:51 am

    Wonderful cards with great ideas! I will definitely try many of the techniques shown.

  • Sheri L September 18, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    Just love how your team and yourself showcase the dies and their versatility. I really appreciate the extra *bonus* techniques here and there. Thank you for the fabulous projects to ooohhh and ahhhhh over. Happy Haunting. 🙂

  • valerie linn September 18, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Fantastic array of ideas and technique abounds to make different cards using same pop-ups.You are my favorite designer by far.

  • Margei T September 18, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    I love the extra box technique to bring the bat out on the card.

  • Diane' Oubre September 18, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    I can’t wait to use the new technique I learned while watching your videos. I always get real excited when your new dies come out.

  • Donna September 18, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    I love all the beautiful cards from the DT. I am not sure which technique I am going to first. Thanks everyone for sharing. Die cut Donna…..

  • srobelotto September 18, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Your cards help me to improve my technique. I have learned so much from you!

  • Bee September 18, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Fran’s technique of the bright full moon, with bats flying above the tree branches, represents a ghostly and an uncanny atmosphere. I really liked Fran’s creativity.

  • Kathleen Adams September 18, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Oh my gosh, I just can’t choose a favorite technique! The talent in this designer challenge is well, just unbelievably spooky. Hee Hee.

  • Karen Lai September 18, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Your technique tips and ideas for making these lovely cards are such an inspiration. Giving me lots of ideas to play with the dies. Thanks for sharing.

  • Melanie September 18, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    I love how you and your dies provide us with the technique to come up with beautiful cards and also let us be creative and add our own style! Your work is amazing!

  • Carol B (CC)) September 18, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    The designers always come up with a great technique for me to try. Love all the ideas.
    Carol bu

  • dazzlingdesignsbydebbie September 18, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    I just love your design and the wonderful technique that you taught.

  • Debbie Flattum September 18, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    These cards are so fun!! Love the extra technique tips you gave in the video. Lovin’ the owls. TFS.

  • Jeannie Huff September 18, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Thank you for showing us a different way to go green with the same technique although I must say I thought the mummy really cute. I look forward to seeing a giraffe, I hope, next month.

  • Renee Collier September 18, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    I always look forward seeing what the design team has come up with! Such fun to see the different techniques used for the same die in several ways. All of the cards are so much fun!

  • Beverly September 18, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Best projects I’ve seen in years – honestly I don’t know which technique I favour most, they are all terrific!

  • Kal September 18, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Love the Lorna die, the technique you demo for double pop up was wonderful. Your dies are so great and so are your ideas. I need to spend more time making and less watching. You really inspire people to create.

  • Gail M September 18, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Hi Karen! I just love your technique for the double Lorna Mummy card. You always come up with such amazing variations for using your dies! Thank you!

  • Gay Ferland September 18, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    OMG! First time being here and I am blown away with all this creativity! ! I love ever card. First time witnessing cool techniques!!! Karen, do you still create for Stampin’ Up! ? That is where I got your name from an old catalog from SU!
    THANKS for sharing!!!

  • Faye douglas September 18, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Great technique used in making all the cards.

  • yoorah September 18, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    What a wondeful technique! I can’t wait to go home and try it! Just when I think these can’t get cuter enough, you come up with something new. My favorite technique so far is the spiral die with acetate to make things “fly”. So much fun!

  • Linda Werth September 18, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Such great techniques…

  • LouAnn September 18, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    I love to see how each of the designers have there own technique for making the cards.

  • soggystamper September 18, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    I especially love the technique of using the spiral circle to make the crows fly. Thanks also for the great video showing the technique for making a double Lorna label card.

  • Pammy B. September 18, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    I’m always open to new and fresh ideas so when you post a new technique that I can use I really appreciate it. Halloween is my most favorite holiday so I was really pleased to see all the awesome cards your design team came up with. Never stop inspiring us!!

  • Jayne Stenstrom September 18, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Wow! How could someone leave this post and not be inspired? So many clever techniques were used that I don’t know where to start!

  • Deana hayes September 18, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Love all the cards, and the different “technique”s that are used.

  • Susan B. September 18, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    I love going on the Elizabeth Craft Blog to see all the wonderful cards and the variety of techniques that are used. There is always plenty on inspiration. I look forward to each new Karen Burniston Design Challenge and what new technique will be used. Thanks for keeping the inspiration going.

  • Brandy September 18, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    I absolutely love all of the different techniques all of the designers have used to make their FABULOUS projects! TFS!

  • Barbara woodard September 18, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Karen love your videos. They give so much information on different techniques to alter the dies in such a creative way!!! Thanks so much

  • Karen Buchanan September 18, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    What a great technique video! So much inspiration from everyone, keep up the great work!

  • debbiew September 18, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Love your card. You share the greatest techniques. I’ll have to try the technique of cutting both sides together. Thanks for sharif.

  • Pat Walker September 18, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    What great ideas! Such wonderful talent!!

  • Marlene L September 18, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Halloween is such a fun celebration. Thanks to all the designers, for the creative use off these wonderful dies. I especially like Karens latest technique for doubling the Lorna die.

  • linda fontanella September 18, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    all the techniques you use or let us copy to improve our own style is awsome. thanks for all the ideas you share.

  • Yvette Williams September 18, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    How many different techniques were used in general to make one of these fantastic cards?

  • Connie Turner September 18, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    I LOVE your technique of showing how to use your dies in different ways.

  • Barb Mc September 18, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    I love the technique of using stamps and dies in different way than they were intended! Love all this eye candy!

  • Heather Justice September 18, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    I just love all the characters and the wonderful techniques used by you and all of your fantastic design team. I can’t wait to get them all:). Thanks for the chance to win .

  • Laura Turcotte September 18, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Those are all so awesome!!!! I love the technique that is shown! Thanks for sharing, and for inspiring!

  • Joyce Kochalka September 18, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    I enjoy your cards and videos so much. With each card, I learn a new technique!
    Thanks so much Karen for all the inspiration.

  • ruryv September 18, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    So I spelled the secret word incorrectly, I said technic instead of technique

  • Rosa M Vasquez September 18, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Great ideas, thank you for sharing them. Wonderful techniques, too!

  • ruryv September 18, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Cut into a folded card is my favorite technic, love the house cards also the folded paper technic is so clever. Great design team!!!
    Maria V.

  • HK September 18, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Love the technique of all your Cards

  • Christina Dore September 18, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Wow – such a cool technique to create a double Lorna label and your video explains the process so clearly. Thank you.

  • Sherrill Campbell September 18, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    I love the technique that you used for the mummy pop-up card!

  • Michelle Williams September 18, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Your cards are so inspiring…. love em love all your dies and love watching you create them…

  • cilomandy Martinez September 18, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Every card is just incredible. Each artist has used a different technique (or two or three or more!) and style to come up with an awesome card. Such creativity boggles my mind!

  • barb macaskill September 18, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    I have to say that Karen Aicken’s technique using the spiral circle pull to make her crows fly is genius!!! LOVELOVELOVE it!!! I have learned quite a few new techniques reading this post and am going to be referring to this often so I can master all of the techniques the designers used.
    Thanks for sharing them with me!

  • lisa808 September 18, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Halloween is my favorite time for crafting. Love the Halloween DT theme this month. Thanks for the technique video.

  • Pam Vittorino September 18, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    What great techniques. Keep them coming!

  • Kelly Booth September 18, 2014 at 7:33 am

    Amazing Array of cards WOW! Love the video and Karen’s card too……Great job everyone!

  • Dee September 18, 2014 at 4:50 am

    All the ladies are very talented. Their use of color and dimension are fabulous !

  • Nancy Walker September 17, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    These are amazing designs…what a great team you are!

  • Frances September 17, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Such a Spook tacular display of Halloween cards, and another awesome video from Karen 🙂

  • judi kauffman September 17, 2014 at 11:08 am

    An absolutely amazing array of cards – so much talent on display all on one day! It’s great to see how versatile the dies can be. (But that’s no surprise to anyone who is already a fan of Karen Burniston and Elizabeth Craft Designs…)

  • Raquel Mason September 17, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Awesome job by everyone! Great idea to make the extra support bracket for Chilly the Mummy.

  • Joset van de Burgt September 17, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Wow what a wonderful projects everyone!

  • Angela Styles September 17, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Wow so many great creations and ideas! Thanks everyone! Don’t know which one to try first!

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