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Karen Burniston Pop it Ups Designer Challenge – Pop it Ups for every month!

December 17, 2014

Hi, it’s Karen Burniston with the December 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 give year-round inspiration. We split up the months among the team so we could make sure that you have at least one inspiring card for every month of the year.

The Designer Challenge Team includes members from the USA, Canada, U.K. and Australia, so I encouraged them to craft for their own country’s holidays and dates (U.K. Mother’s Day is in March, Canadian Thanksgiving is in October and Australian Father’s Day is in September) so our challenge would be internationally inspiring. They did an amazing job!

August didn’t have much by way of international holidays, so it was the perfect month for Birthday cards. (My twins’ birthday is in August) I wanted to create a new twist on an old classic – the Explosion Card. This video tutorial will show how to make explosion sides for a traditional pop-up card. I used the Happy Birthday die in the video, but this technique would also work with the other general pop-up dies; Lorna Label, Lots of Pops, Lucy Label, Garden Bench and the new general pop-up being released in a few weeks at CHA. (Does the anticipation have you on the edge of your seat?)

Here are a few photos of the video project. For a card like this, where the inside is so spectacular, I saw no reason to do too much decorating on the front – a few stripes to tie in with the inside colors and then let the magic be in the discovery of the explosion pop-up card. After all, this card will most likely be displayed open, not closed.


To attach the twine I simply punched small holes on each side of the explosion, threaded the ends of the twine through the holes and then tied the ends in a knot.


I hung two Props2 birthday hats from the twine using tiny safety pins. I chose safety pins so I could seat the pins onto the twine and they wouldn’t slide to the middle. To make sure the hats could hang vertically, I made a slotted hole in each hat to accommodate the bottom part of the safety pin.


Anything that is attached to the “bellows” (as my husband John calls them) will also pop-up, so you can see in the photo below where I added a couple more Props2 Birthday hats attached randomly to the explosion side pieces.


Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

Other Supplies:

  • Cardstock colors – Charlie & Wheat, Bazzill
  • Thin Paper – Bazzill Miss Teagen Sue collection (older retired – use any other lightweight patterned paper)
  • Ribbon & Twine – Creative Impressions
  • Tiny Safety Pins – Advantus
  • Magnets – Basic Grey
  • Brayer, Fineline 20 gauge bottle, Lineco glue

11DC Team Album

Let’s get inspiration for a year’s worth of cards, courtesy of the 2014 Karen Burniston Designer Challenge Team and Guest Designer Sandy Diller.


Fran Sabad starts off the year with a shiny golden New Year’s Card. She used the Katie Label Accordion and turned it into landscape orientation by following the instructions in my video tutorial. So elegant!


Frances Byrne is our resident wonder from down under! She always makes the most amazing cards, and this Australia Day card is no exception. She combined the Spiral Circle Pull Card with the All Seasons Tree and then styled Honey the Bear as a Koala. G’card, Mate!

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Raquel Mason used the doubling technique from last month’s video to make a Double Heart Pivot Card for Valentine’s Day inspiration. She also styled Honey the Bear as a chocolate bear. Perfect colors and styling.


Frances Byrne made this gorgeous Happy Chinese New Year card by mixing pages from the Circle Accordion and the Fancy Accordion with the Frame Edges for each album. What perfect colors and stamps!



Kelly Booth‘s birthday is on St. Patrick’s Day so naturally she chose March and crafted this glittery green magical card. The Ring Accordion, Poppy the Owl, Props1 and the Clouds Embossing Folder all make an appearance, along with the ECD 4-leaf clovers die.


Helen Cryer is from the U.K., where Mother’s Day is celebrated in March. She made this lovely 4-page Oval Accordion card, also incorporating the Oval Dots Frame Edges. Her color and image choices are perfection, as usual!



You had me at amazing, Caz Counsell! I just love what Caz did for an April Fools Day card – everything is backwards, from the way the card opens to the greeting itself. But fear not . . . you can read it in the mirror if you hold it just so! AMAZING! I also love her choice of the Ring Frame Edges on the sides of the Katie Label Accordion (done Landscape style) to give the labels a different look.

Raquel Mason will make you smile with this bright fun landscape Oval Accordion Easter card featuring Hoppy the Frog dressed like a bunny. She also used the Oval Flourish Frame Edges.04RaquelOval


Shelly Hickox made a drop-dead gorgeous Mother’s Day card with a very cool technique for notching together gutted Oval Accordion pages to make a tunnel card. Can you see all the layers of goodness in the card? Make sure you click on Shelly’s name to see more photos on her blog. She also used the fence from the House Pivot Card and the banner from the Lorna Label die.05ShellyOval

If you notice a Landscape Accordion theme going on this month, it all started with a video tutorial I posted last month teaching how to convert the portrait-style Accordion Album dies (Oval, Katie Label) into Landscape orientation. Learn this technique on my blog post: Video Tutorial: Converting Portrait Accordions into Landscape. I am always so flattered when the team likes my videos enough to try the techniques.



Donna Wright is from the U.K. where they also celebrate Father’s Day in June. She used the Landscape Accordion technique with the Katie Label Accordion to make a World’s Greatest Dad card. What a great use for the ECD Wheelbarrow die!


Everyone needs graduation cards in June and here is some fabulous inspiration courtesy of Summer Hills-Painter. She used the graduate’s school colors with the landscape technique on the Oval Accordion, plus Oval Flourish Frame Edges. Check out that mini tassel!



Karen Aicken combined the Spiral Circle Pull Card with the Damask Embossing folder and the little maple leaf from the All Seasons Tree die into a spectacular Canada Day card. I love all those little leaves flying on the spiral.
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This 4th of July card by Shelly Hickox is patriotic and perfect. She used the Katie Label Accordion and Katie Stars Frame Edges along with decorator ovals and the banners from the Lots of Pops die. Notice the glittered banner behind the word celebrate and the occasional glittered silver stars in the Frame Edges.

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Sandy Diller always makes such amazing cards when she guest designs for the Challenges. This month is no exception with this fabulous tutorial for how to elongate the Katie Label Accordion die to make this 5-panel card for her friend turning 70. She cut SEVENTY candles for the card. What a great friend! The Agatha Edges and flourish work great atop all her interactive pages. Make sure you click her name to go see the tutorial.



Frances Byrne also made a landscape accordion, this one with the Katie Label Accordion and Katie Stars Frame Edges, to celebrate Father’s Day, which is in September in Australia. Having the landscape orientation gave her the right size panels for her perfect stamps.

 Summer Hills-Painter shows a great September Back-to-School card using the Ring Accordion. What a wonderful way to kick off the year with your child’s teacher. As usual, Summer picked the perfect combination of papers and elements.



Karen Aicken is Canadian, where Thanksgiving is celebrated in October. She made this lovely card using a technique first seen on a card by Raquel Mason, where a transparency on the first panel of a Katie Label Pivot Card reveals a greeting when the card is closed and disappears when opened.

Shelly Hickox mentioned that Halloween came and went before she got a chance to use this gorgeous Graphic 45 patterned paper. This challenge was the perfect reason to pull it back out and fussy cut all the scenery for an amazingly complex-looking, but easily-assembled Lots of Pops card. You can see a video of this card in action by clicking Shelly’s name.



Fran Sabad got very clever with her punches and fashioned a turkey to fit the Circle Accordion Album. On the front of her album (click her name to see it) she added the Ring Frame Edges around the circle opening – a very clever way to use those edges.


This is my original project from the video tutorial, which not only shows the technique for making the portrait albums into landscape, but also for how to style Dutch the Fox and Honey the Bear as woodland creatures instead of Characters. It’s all on this blog post: Video Tutorial: Converting Portrait Accordions into Landscape.



Donna Wright created a spectacular Fancy Accordion Advent Calendar card with adorable little jeweled numbered doors. Each door has a little image behind it, so you should definitely click over to see it. She also used every one of the frame edges from the Fancy Frame Edges and the Fancy Seasons Frame Edges die sets. This is AMAZING!


Caz Counsell wanted to show a quick and easy Christmas Pivot card for a December idea. She used the Katie Label Pivot Card and the Agatha Edges.


Karen Aicken made this fabulous Hanukkah card for her daughter recently. She used the Spiral Circle Pull Card and added little dreidels on the spiral when the card is pulled open. (Click her name to see the inside of the card)

Sandy Diller also made a Hanukkah card using the Fancy Accordion and Fancy Frame Edges and traditional Hanukkah symbols. What a gorgeous album!


Kelly Booth made this delightful 6-page Oval Accordion card recently featuring a variety of snowman stamps colored to perfection. She used the Oval Clouds Frame Edges on each page in her signature color (teal!)


So there you have it! A year’s worth of inspiration using Pop it Ups dies.

On a more personal note, I really want to thank everyone at Elizabeth Craft Designs, my amazing Designer Challenge Team and all my fellow crafters, customers and students for making my first year with ECD so successful. Joining this family has truly been like coming home and I am so inspired to bring you more innovative die designs in 2015.

Join us next year (see what I did there?) on January 21, 2015 when the team will be showing off new dies being released at CHA Winter 2015 in a challenge I’m calling “Triple Categories” (Mixing dies from at least three categories)

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  • Reply patricia p. August 27, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    Karen I always love to watch your tutorials. Without them I don’t think I could do your cards…I’m such a visual person. So your tuts are a must for me to see and then understand. thank you so much for them. It makes it possible for people like me to buy your dies and to make your cards.. thank you for helping me to expand my card making.

  • Reply Donna Gibson January 7, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Great tutorial! I love watching these videos but it’s frustrating when I watch them at work and can’t go make a card right away!!!!

  • Reply Angela Styles December 31, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Some really great ideas here-well done eveyone!I would really think that my 4 year old twin grandaughters would love to receive a pop-up card as they are now becoming interested in making their own cards!

  • Reply Chiara T. December 31, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Love all yours cards and your team is amazing. I always do a pop-up card for my nieces and nephew. I would like to give one to my husband… It must be special, of course.
    Thanks for your videos, they are all stunning!

  • Reply karen wade December 31, 2014 at 7:21 am

    Karen, is there anyway we can get written instructions on the explosion birthday card? I have watched the vid, it’s an amazing card. but would like to have the the sizes to cut, and most of all the folds. thanks a bunch. love all the products

  • Reply Shari December 30, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    My secret shout out would be to my BFF Jen. We always joke about all our crafts we have that we can open our own store. We joined a card club a few years back and it has since grown. We make birthday cards for one another and exchange Xmas cards. We have a lot of fun. Jen would definitely appreciate it. I can’t wait it see what you have coming in 2015

  • Reply Patti December 29, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    I would love to give a secret shout-out to my sister that lives 600 miles away. She has had all her kids and their families move back home with her. She would appreciate a lovely pop-up card from me. Thank you all for sharing your talents with us. Happy New Year 2015

  • Reply scramblinrosie December 29, 2014 at 1:53 am

    I would love to send a pop up card to my best friend in the whole wide world, Stephanie. She once played first chair Double Bass (a big Cello) in the NSO but her hands started going bad. BUT after 15 years she has picked up her instrument again and has started rehearsing and playing in a local community orchestra! I am so proud of her! She is in her 60’s now and knows she will never play in the big orchestras again (you never know, Steph!) but she is happy to be just playing again.
    I’d love to make her a pop up (maybe even an exploding one!) with a piece of copied sheet music for Strings and lots of popping musical notes, Plus an image of a Double Bass and a French Horn (I play the French Horn) I think a card like that would rock! Just like Stephanie does!

  • Reply Patti Olson December 28, 2014 at 10:37 am

    I would give a shout out to my former co-worker, Casper and his lovely wife Ruth. They are very special people and live receiving cards. Thank you for all the great ideas!

  • Reply Debi Jean December 28, 2014 at 1:50 am

    I would give a secret shout out to my sister, Elena . She makes cards too but always makes elegant simple cards she sends out with secret angel stitchers , but she really likes all my animated pop up cards. We live 12 hours apart but every time we make a card we share on face time or text .

  • Reply vivink December 28, 2014 at 12:04 am

    Wow! Another super idea and video! What great ideas from the DT too! I am always excited to see what the DT comes up with for the challenges. My friend is having one of those BIG “0” birthdays in 2015 and an explosive pop-up card is definitely in order. LOL

  • Reply dyeandpigment55 December 26, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    OMGosh, this year has been over the top for you with Elizabeth Craft Designs. I am so anxious to see what will be produced in 2015. I love love pop up cards and I know my daughter would be tickled silly to get a handmade one. I love the explosion card you just created and am going to try my hand with this. Thanks so much for sharing your talent with “us”. Happy New Year!

  • Reply Sabrina Radican December 26, 2014 at 11:03 am

    I love all of your cards and ideas. I am always in aww of your work. MY mom would love a pop card. I know I haven’t made her any of those yet as I don’t own any of the dies yet, but sure did have them on my wish list!

  • Reply linda fontanella December 26, 2014 at 12:32 am

    wow! what great ideas. who wouldn’t love one of these cards.every one of the cards is full of great ideas and beautiful work. Thanks for putting out such great dies.

  • Reply Michele December 25, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    I love all the interactive card ideas. I just found your blog and can’t wait to see wait amazing project you will come up with in the future. Looking forward to more great ideas!

    • Reply Michele December 25, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      Forgot to add I would love to make my Mom’s birthday special with your amazing dies.

  • Reply SandyH December 25, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    What a great assortment of ideas for so many holidays. Love doing popups with the dies I have. I have two nephews with birthdays in January that I need to make cards for. Love the ideas you and your very talented team designed.

  • Reply Bonnie in Virginia December 25, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Once I started doing pop-up cards, others seemed so plain, I’m addicted 😉 I will use dies to make a birthday card for my 89 year old mother, then Mother’s Day, we are seeing endless brilliant inspiration 😉

  • Reply josette Trunnell December 25, 2014 at 6:56 am

    Love all these cards!! The birthday explosion is a winner. I would love to make that card for my sister, she so enjoys my hand made cards and I love to receive hers!!

  • Reply Joyce Kochalka December 25, 2014 at 3:51 am

    I have a 12 year old granddaughter that loves to craft in my room. She and her family have just moved to California and I miss her terribly. I will be sending her all kinds of different cards because I know how much she will enjoy them and appreciate them.
    Love your work and especially your tutorials. Thank you.

  • Reply Paulette S December 24, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    Karen, I love interactive cards! These pop ups are so much fun that I would make one for my daughter, whom I’m so proud of, raising her small family and another one for my daughter in law, whom is going to be a new mom shortly. Thanks so much for these giveaways and inspiration.

  • Reply snap-schotts December 24, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Karen, your Pop-Up dies are so so cute! I’d love to make one for my daughter’s birthday in January–then another daughter’s birthday in August!! I know they’d love them. Your work is just amazing.

  • Reply Jean Heming December 24, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    I love all your pop ups !!! My sister loves pop up cards so I would make her a super special one!!!! I wanted to thank you for the autographed frog you gave my niece Brandy in the store in Greensboro North Carolina !!! Brandy just moved there a few months ago…..thank you so much!!! Hugs Jean

  • Reply Lyn C December 24, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    I love the pop ups and the movements. They are so special for people that are blind or that love the “feel” of things. I have a friend right now that has bone cancer and she loves to get something she can hold and work with to take her mind off things. Thank you for making them so special.

  • Reply Gerry December 24, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    I make a lot of pop up cards for my family and they all love them, especially my granddaughter, nieces and nephew. I’m going to have a new grandson next year, so I will make a very special one for him.

  • Reply Gail M December 24, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    P.S. Karen, May you and Elizabeth Crafts Design have a joyous Christmas and a New Year filled with peace, good health, and much success!

  • Reply Gail M December 24, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Hi Karen! I have made and given away lots of cards to others but the person I would like to give a special pop-up card to would be my husband. Even though I tell him everyday that I love him, I need to surprise him with a special, totally unexpected card …a pop-up one! It would be something he could keep on his desk to remind him daily, just how much I appreciate his hard work and support of my crafting hobby.

  • Reply Margi December 24, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    My college roommate would be really excited to get a popup card from me. All the designs are so creative I can’t decide which to do first.

  • Reply dianne December 24, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    I love all the pop ups..been a huge fan of yours… I would send a card to my friend who is in the hospital. she hasn’t been well for over a year, and in and out of the hospital…. I love all your ideas that you share! Can’t wait to see you at CHA 2015!

  • Reply Deb Hurtig December 24, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Jolynda is a major fan of the KB pop dies. I’ve sent an “old” style KB die card but she needs a new jazzy one!

  • Reply Jan Jueckstock December 24, 2014 at 7:55 am

    What I really love about your videos is not only do you introduce new products but you continue to give new and creative ways to use the dies. They are an investment that beg re-use, thank you. My kids are always wow-ed by the cards I make with your dies, but I think my little auntie would love it even more:) PROMISE She’ll get if I win it!! Thanks for the give away, MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  • Reply Bobbi Jackson December 24, 2014 at 7:39 am

    Karen, I wish my brain worked like yours! I so enjoy all your cards but I really enjoy seeing the faces on the special needs children when they open one and ‘stuff’ pops up. I wish they could learn to make them but are too detailed and need more coordination than they have but they sure do love receiving them. Thanks for all your inspiration!

  • Reply Sandra ltb December 24, 2014 at 7:12 am

    wow – love visiting and love, Love, LOVE your videos …. I have dug myself into a hole … people expect so much out of me when they get cards these days … So …. an explosion card would be a perfect WOW card – My son in Chicago would really appreciate one … he loves displaying my cards – it reminds him of home and that we love him and am thinking of him.
    Thanks for all the wonderful inspiration.

  • Reply carol snedden December 24, 2014 at 7:03 am

    Like to see the different ways to use the pop up dies. I love to make keepsake cards for my daughter as I know she keeps every one. Intergrating the different dies helps to make lots of pretty cards. My friends also look forward to getting special cards so I will start the new year off by spending more time in my stamp room.

  • Reply Sandie December 24, 2014 at 6:52 am

    I forgot to say that I know that my grandson would be the next person that would love to receive a pop up card from me. He is anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Lucy label die I ordered so we can make a card for his mom. He LOVES making cards for others with me!

  • Reply Sandie December 24, 2014 at 6:42 am

    What awesome ideas for cards! Now I want to have every set of pop ups…eventually I’ll get there! May you & your family have a wonderful Christmas!!

  • Reply Kal December 24, 2014 at 6:31 am

    Karen, I absolutely love your pop up dies. Pop up cards are my favorite to make. My mom would certainly deserve a pop up card with the happy birthday pop up die. Your videos are so much fun and I wait for them, as they are filled with so much inspiration. Merry Xmas to you and all your design team members at Elizabeth crafts.

  • Reply Joyce December 24, 2014 at 6:17 am

    I love your cards. My sister loves to get pop up cards. I try to make her one when ever I can.

  • Reply Carol b December 24, 2014 at 6:09 am

    My secret shout out would be for a dear friend who has been going thru some rough times. She loves my cards and I know would enjoy a super explosion pop up card.
    Carol b

  • Reply Melanie T December 24, 2014 at 6:08 am

    Karen, wonderful designs to work with and such talented artists. I would love to hand make an explosion cards for my Aunt in San Francisco for Chinese New Year!

  • Reply JAN BUTLER December 24, 2014 at 6:06 am

    What a fun way to get a year’s worth of secret shout-outs to family and friends.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

  • Reply Connie Turner December 24, 2014 at 5:39 am

    I love your pop-up dies! My parents love to get my cards as I use unique folds and pop-ups……

  • Reply Shirley Benedict December 24, 2014 at 5:34 am

    Thanks for another wonderful pop up card! Your designers have come up with great creative ideas for the use of your card. They inspire me! I know that my sister in law, Linda, who loves homemade cards, would love receiving one of these in her mail! Thanks again for all your products.

  • Reply Carol December 24, 2014 at 5:20 am

    Love Love Love the explosion Happy Birthday card! The dies needed are moving to the top of my wish list. This card is way to cool to just make one. To start with I want to make one for my Mother and then I will need six for my brothers and sisters and then five for the girls at work. Sounds like I am going to be busy this year.

  • Reply vencine martin December 24, 2014 at 5:17 am

    Wow! That’s all I can say! I was just introduced to these pop it ups and I am completely hooked. Beautiful cards. Thanks for all the inspiration

  • Reply Betty B December 24, 2014 at 4:19 am

    Your design team is amazing! They have shared so many creative ideas on how to use your pop up dies.
    I have a group of 13 friends, each of whom looks forward to receiving their handmade pop up birthday cards because they never know what to expect.

  • Reply Connie L. Riley December 24, 2014 at 2:45 am

    Hello Karen. This was a fantastic post that I know I’ll keep coming back to many times this next year. So many ideas for the pop up dies that I love of yours. I’m getting better after the class I took from you at Stamper’s Ink and I really appreciate all the work you do on your videos. I can’t wait to see what new category of dies you’re releasing in January! I have two dear friends who are getting married next December. Two years ago they made a trip to Paris and brought me back some very pretty hand-made paper. I’m thinking an explosion wedding card would be wonderful for them using some of the paper. I hope you and yours have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

  • Reply Margene December 23, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Can’t wait to try the exploding card. There are so many possibilities.

  • Reply soggystamper December 23, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    I’m so glad the Elizbeth picked you up when Sizzix dropped their contract with you, Karen! I love all your dies. You and your design team have such wonderful imaginations. I know my grandson who treasures all the handmade cards I send him would love me to send him an explosion pop-up birthday card.

  • Reply Arleen Graham December 23, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Wow….what a terrific bunch of great cards! I would love to make one for my husbands 70th birthday in March! He would be so impressed.

  • Reply Helen BT December 23, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Such stunning cards from you and the team! I would love to make one of those explosion cards and have it ready to give my new grandchild on the day it is born. The due date is March 2nd and I can’t wait LOL.

  • Reply jancastleJanet Castle December 23, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Wonderful creations Karen!!! My Secret shout out: to my best friend from high school days – lost touch with her and did not connect again for 50 years!!! Now we talk every weekend and have been in touch for over 5 years – 3,000 miles away! She keeps every card I send her and shows them to all her neighbors!!!

  • Reply Sarita McComish December 23, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    That explosion card is wonderful. How you could have even thought to do it is amazing. My secret shout out would be to a member of our monthly card club here in South Dakota, Ruthie. Looking forward to the 17 new dies coming to CHA.

  • Reply Patricia Stanley December 23, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Beautiful ideas and creations as usual! First saw you at my first SU convention and can remember watching your demo with such amazement!! Secret shout out – would send a card to my Mom who just turned 88 this month and loves getting cards from me.

  • Reply Valinda December 23, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Love these ideas! My friend Michelle would be overjoyed and very impressed to receive one of these cards! Great job design team.

  • Reply barb macaskill December 23, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    What fantastic cards! All of the designers have done such an amazing job showcasing your mind blowingly incredible dies and I am always so inspired when I see what they have done.
    I am definitely going to have to make a pop-up card for my neighbor and dearest friend in the world! I know she would absolutely love it!! She has seen a few that I have made and has strongly hinted that she would love one so I think I should finally grant her wish! She is going to be tickled pink when she receives it!
    Cannot wait to see all of your new dies and am very curious what the new category is going to be! I know they are going to WOW us and will sell out quickly! I will be first in line to get them!
    Merry Christmas to you and all of your fabulous designers! See you next post!

    • Reply barb macaskill December 23, 2014 at 8:40 pm

      When I make the card for my dear friend Kathy I would use the bench pop up die and the Agatha edges to make it really stand out!! SHe would LOVE it!!

  • Reply Cheryl December 23, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    Wow! what agreat way to end the year and start the new year off! Your design team has outdone themselves once again. I would make the pop-up card to my bestest friend, Gaye. She always appreciates the cards I send her. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  • Reply lisa808 December 23, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    My birthday is in August too! My friend Lucy would love to receive a pop-up card from me. She has been having a bit of a rough patch lately and it would definitely cheer her up. And, she always treasures the cards I send her. Merry Christmas!

  • Reply Wendee deal December 23, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    I love your explosion card. Thanks so much for showing us so many ways to use your dies. I want to make an explosion card for my cousin in law who has told me how much he enjoys the cards I make. He has cancer that has spread and he is facing a rough road ahead, with radiation and chemo and three months of a feeding tube. I plan on sending him a card every week while he has the feeding tube.

  • Reply Joanne December 23, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing the creative ideas of your challenge team! I am particularly inspired to surprise my friends with the explosion cards for their birthdays!

  • Reply Michelle Montague December 23, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    Such amazing talent you all have! I love all of the pop-it-ups, and I know that my BFF, Jennifer, who has had 4 pretty lousy Christmases in a row, would love to have an exploding encouragement card with tons of love flying out of it.

  • Reply Myrna December 23, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    What a stunning array of designs! Thanks again for tons of ideas. I’d love to make a birthday card using the explosion design for my Auntie Bay who lives in a nursing home. She has always enjoyed the cards I’ve sent her.

  • Reply Barbara woodard December 23, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    My what inspiration for so many occasions! I would love to make my best friend Martha a card with one of your dies. She is the one who introduced me to stamping an card making

  • Reply Jeannie Huff December 23, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    I love your challenge this month. So many different ideas and seasons to see and think about. My great aunt Jeanette will be 99 Jan 15 and she needs a special card. I just talked to her for a few minutes on the phone. She still has it altogether. One of her brothers lived to be 102.

  • Reply Debbie December 23, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    The DT did a fabulous job on this challenge! I love pop-ups and your large variety of them just makes me want more. My sister would be so impressed with these as I am. Thank you.

  • Reply Mary Beth December 23, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Great ideas. My almost two year old great nephew would love to get a pop up card. Your designs and videos are awesome.

  • Reply Lynda December 23, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Thank you all for sharing such great cards and ideas! I have a friend Inez that loves my cards so she def would love one and also my husband who is a big fan of my cards:)
    Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

  • Reply Karen Hale December 23, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    I love your Pop It Up cards. The DT did a Fab job sharing their beautiful creative projects for each month. My best girlfriend would be thrilled and impressed if I sent her such a special greeting.

  • Reply Sharon Hinckley December 23, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Thank you for the best Christmas present yet: your beautiful cards, videos and dies! I would make another pop up for a shut in friend who no longer has the use of her hands but has created things of beauty her entire life.

  • Reply Connie LaClair December 23, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Love your frog and bear cards, love sending cards like that to my dad who is 88 yrs old. he gets a kick out of the animals. then the younger grand kids who love to get different cards. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  • Reply virginia December 23, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Great examples. Can’t decide which I like best. My sister and my daughter would be the first to receive one of these.

  • Reply Carrie Sylvester December 23, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    I love your ideas! Simply amazing! My husband loves my home made cards. He would be the first to recieve. Then Mom, Dad, all the girls….lol thanks for keeping the inspiration going! Merry Christmas!

  • Reply Pammy December 23, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    I always love making cards for my dear daughter, Tami. She has kept all the cards that I have ever made her so I am always looking for something new and exciting to surprise her with.
    May you and your family have a wonderful holiday and a very Happy New Year!

  • Reply Linda December 23, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    I love your dies. The old coffee cup one is a favorite and I hope to make cards for my 6 yr old grand daughter who will love the Pop ups!

  • Reply cindy L December 23, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    I can’t wait to get my new dies and make one of these cards! I know my mother would love to get another card from me….we only see each other once a year, so I like to surprise her with special cards filled with photos of my kids.

  • Reply Faye douglas December 23, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Wonderful card ideas. I think gael would love a card made from these dies.

  • Reply Barbara Minton December 23, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    I’m so inspired by the year of cards! And I can’t wait for the new dies to be released in January! My mother, who at 93 is my biggest fan, would be tickled pink to get a card from me using some of the new dies and the techniques in the video tutorials.

  • Reply Deana hayes December 23, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Hi, Karen, just a suggestion for new word dies. we need a Happy Anniversary die.

  • Reply Renee Collier December 23, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    I’d definitely make a card for my BFF, Toni…she’s my biggest fan. Making an explosion pop up card and watching her face when she opens it would certainly send me into a fit of giggles! Thanks for your tutorials and informative inspiration.

  • Reply debbiew December 23, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Great ideas! I think I;ll have to use the explosion card idea to make a card for my daughter-in-law. She loves my homemade cards. She takes the to the school she teaches at and shows them to the other teachers. I know she’ll love it. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Karen Buchanan December 23, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    What great inspiration! The new videos are fabulous. My friend Cheryl would be so impressed if I were to make any of these great cards!

  • Reply Deana hayes December 23, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    I’d love to make my mother-in-law a pop-up card. She’s in her 80’s and doesn’t get out any longer., so she would love a surprise card from me.

  • Reply Deana hayes December 23, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Thanks for a great year of inspiration Karen, Merry Christmas to you and your family. It was a real pleasure to have had a class with you this year.

  • Reply willy December 23, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Such creativite and imagination. loving these popups!!

  • Reply Elizabeth Holloway December 23, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Secret Shout-out: any designers who loves pop-cards!

  • Reply Lisa F December 23, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    WOW!! What an amazing year of inspiration!! The designers did such an amazing job!! I want every single pop-up die there is!! They showcased them perfectly!!

  • Reply Melanie December 22, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Karen, you have a set of wonderful designers! These are all beautiful. I love your pop-ups and I really love your “explosion” cards and “amped up” cards. Have a wonderful Holiday!

  • Reply Debi Jean December 20, 2014 at 6:45 am

    Love all these ideas I had made explosion card before but excited to see how can incorporate a pop it up in center
    If I do not have a blog, can I still send in pics of cards I made with your dies ?

  • Reply Mary Prasad December 18, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    A year’s worth of great ideas, all in one post! Excellent!

  • Reply Judi Kauffman December 17, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    What a wonderful array of ideas, Karen. Yet again, your team has shown how talented and creative they are!

  • Reply Raquel Mason December 17, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Fabulous video (as always) & I can’t wait to try out the explosion technique. The DT kicked it out of the park again – great job everyone.

  • Reply dyeandpigment55 December 17, 2014 at 9:48 am

    EVERYONE has out done themselves on this challenge. Can’t believe my eyes and the talent out there. Thanks so very much for sharing your creative ideas and how to use my dies in new ways. Merry Christmas everyone.

  • Reply Debbie Kaste December 17, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Karen, your ideas are incredible! LOVE your pop-up birthday card. Thanks so much for the tutorial. You not only are a genius, you are a terrific teacher too.

    The DT made some terrific cards and I’m inspired by all the talent out there. Happy Holidays to all of you!

  • Reply Lisa J December 17, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Hi Karen – Thanks for posting all these lovely cards by all these talented ladies (lot of pinning going on here). Have a question – you mention in your videos how everybody asks about the glue bottle, well that is an item I’ve actually had for years, but what I can’t find is the temporary tape you use. I’ve looked at every craft store & office supply store I’ve been in & nobody has it. Where do you get yours from?

    • Reply scramblinrosie December 29, 2014 at 1:26 am

      Lisa, the tape Karen uses looks just like what I use and I bought it at Amazon. It is called 3M 811 Scotch Magic Removable Tape. It is only $5.50 a roll with free shipping but the roll is huge!! It measures 3/4″ wide and 1296″ (108′) long.
      I was using strips I had cut from my Stamping Mask Paper (I use it to mask out a stamped image so I can stamp over it) but when I found this roll of tape, i stopped wasting my Masking Paper.
      I hope this helps you out.
      Have a Happy New Year!

  • Reply Patti December 17, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Oh I forgot to mention what a great post with all this talent. Thank you all great ideas. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2015

  • Reply Patti December 17, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Karen, my first of your pop up’s I bought was the Christmas Tree and loved it. Another of my favorites is the 3D flower where you can put a child’s picture in the center of the flower and it shows when you pop it up. So sweet. When I see your name always check it out. Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas.

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