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Pop it Ups Karen Burniston Designer Challenge – Characters in Costume

October 14, 2015

Hi, it’s Karen Burniston with the October 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 theme is Characters in Costume and the goal is to transform the Characters in some way – perhaps it’s by dressing them in a costume, or perhaps it’s a complete repurposing of the die cut shapes. I think you’ll agree that the team was very creative this month and have provided 20 inspirational ideas.

For my card and video I decided on a Christmas theme and thought William the Goat would make an excellent elf. I used the Ring Accordion and a technique for adding the expanding trees from the Christmas Trees Pop Stand die into the pages.


Here is the video tutorial for this project.

When the Ring Accordion is folded up it becomes a circle with a diameter just under 5″, which means it fits nicely in an A7 (5×7) envelope for mailing.


Any of the Characters can be “elfified” by using the same techniques as shown in the video with William. The Agatha Flourish provides excellent elf shoes. I also added a scrap of leftover glitter line to William’s hat.


Here’s what you’ll need to make your own Expanding Trees Ring Accordion with William the Elf.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies

Other Supplies

  • Groove Tool – ArtC
  • Fineline Bottle 20 gauge filled with Lineco pH-neutral adhesive
  • Green ink, Copic Marker #R89
  • My Mind’s Eye “Sleigh Bells Ring” 6×6 Paper
  • Core’dinations Whitewash cardstock
  • Texture Paste, Glossy Accents – Ranger
  • Green, Red, White cardstock
  • Jingle Bell brad – The Paper Studio


Let’s see what the Designer Challenge Team came up with for this month’s Characters in Costume challenge.

Kelly Booth made a Tent Card from the Oval Accordion, following the great instructions by Frances Byrne, and decorating with the Oval Dots Frame Edges. She added the Outdoor Edges grass and the All Seasons Tree and then transformed Poppy the Owl into a ghost. What a cute Owl-o-ween card!


Frances Byrne created a whole new Character by combining pieces from Chilly the Penguin and Rocky the Crab. Meet her cute jellyfish on this fabulous Rectangle Pull Card.


Summer Hills-Painter transformed Honey the Bear into Santa for this sweet Ring Accordion. I love her color scheme of blues and whites and then the pop of Ho Ho Ho Honey! She used the Props 5 set for the Santa parts.

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Raquel Mason made a clever transformation by adding a label from the Lucy Label set to create turkey feathers. Dutch the Fox becomes Dutch the Turkey! She used Poppy the Owl’s foot for a waddle.


Donna Wright made this fun frosty Adirondack Chair card with Chilly the Penguin transformed into a snowman. Then she went to work using a lot of the decorator pieces from Pop it Ups sets to create her scene. This is a lovely feature of Pop it Ups dies – that the decorator pieces are included, and very interchangeable.

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Fran Sabad used the new Gift Card Accordion and companion Flourish Gift Frame for a fun 3-page accordion featuring Poppy the Owl as a graduate. She chose colors from their local high school and says her next job is finding a gift card to match the color scheme! (The gift card will slide easily into the slots on her center page).


Sandy Diller made this fabulous Etch A Sketch tent card and filled it with Cocoa, William and Chilly dressed like famous toys. She shows photos of each costume and how she made them with Props and decorator dies, so definitely click her name to go check it out.

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Caz Counsell made this fun Superbunny card using Lucky the Rabbit and the Gift Card Accordion. She used it for a card/gift for her son’s friend and I’m sure it was a hit!

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Frances Byrne made a second card for the challenge featuring Poppy the Owl wearing a pumpkin costume. She used the Tags Pivot Card and the grass from the Outdoor Edges turned sideways as borders. (Brilliant!)


Karen Aicken transformed Hoppy the Frog into a vampire for this fun Halloween Gift Card Accordion. I love the orange flies and how she colored everything with Pan Pastels.


Caz Counsell was inspired by one of her favorite rubber stamps to convert Whiskers the Cat into a flying bumblebee. She used the wings and antennae from the Butterfly Pivot Card and drew on the jumper with colored pens. She also used the Rectangle Pull Card very cleverly for a shaped top-fold card.

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Shelly Hickox was very transformative with Whiskers the Cat – converting her into a witch doll perfect for Halloween decor. Shelly got clever with Props 2 and a decorative oval die to make the hat.

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Sandy Diller was inspired by a friend to create Javelinas from Virgil the Pig. I just love the southwestern scene she created with the Western and Outdoor Edges, plus the branches of the All Seasons Tree. She also used the new Cocoa Western clear stamps. SD_hello gorgeous 1

Kelly Booth made this adorable tent card featuring Poppy the Owl all dressed for a luau. She used the Beach Edges to set the scene and framed the card with the new Flourish Gift Frame.KB_Watermarked Photo (2015-09-29-1541)

Karen Aicken made three cards for this month’s challenge including this fabulous Lucy Label pop-up card featuring Dutch the Fox as a chef. I love how she created the chef’s hat using the pail and cloud die. So clever!


Fran Sabad made a whole Halloween hay ride with four fun costumed Characters. She used the Lots of Pops die to animate her cart, and various Props dies to costume the Characters. Amazing!


Helen Cryer cracked me up with this fun Wonder Chick card. She dressed Cheepers the Chicken as the famous superhero, using clever touches like glitter dot earrings and cloud hair. Then she animated her wonder chick on the Lorna Label. Love it!


Raquel Mason made this adorable pop-up sleigh card featuring Jolly the Mouse dressed as Santa. She used the Merry & Bright Clear Stamps for the “Santa Says Shop!” greeting and I love those red pearls in the centers of the snowflakes.


Summer Hills-Painter felt Lucky in love and made this adorable Lucky the Rabbit turned Cupid card. She used the Spiral Circle Pull Card with the spiral cut from clear to animate all the little arrows (from the Rectangle Pull Card). I’d say this is a bullseye!

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Kelly Booth had fun dressing Cheepers the Chicken as a cowgirl. She used the new Props 6 and put Cheepers on an action wobbler so she jiggles and dances when the card is open. The Lorna Label provides the pop-up structure.

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And finally, something really important;

Karen Aicken found great meaning and purpose with this month’s challenge as a chance to transform Cocoa the Horse into a Purple Zebra, the symbol for Pulmonary Hypertension. Her granddaughter, Olivia, is living with advanced Pulmonary Hypertension and Karen explains a lot about the condition, the warning signs, and links to PH associations in four different countries. If you click to Karen’s post you’ll have the opportunity to win the four dies she used on this special card for Olivia. Elizabeth Craft Designs is providing the prize to raise more awareness of Pulmonary Hypertension.


There are seventeen Character dies and the team managed to use thirteen in their creations this month. That’s a lot of Character Costume inspiration! Ready to give some of these transformations a try? For THIS WEEK ONLY Elizabeth Craft Designs has discounted all Character and Props dies. Shop the sale here: October 12-16, 2015 Characters & Props Sale

Join me and the team next month on November 18, 2015 for the next Pop it Ups Karen Burniston Designer Challenge. Next month the team is going to be inspired by any of my Pop it Ups technique videos to make new creations based on the videos. It should be a fun challenge with the added bonus of video instructions already available for the techniques.

Happy Crafting!

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  • Cynthia L October 20, 2015 at 11:09 am

    I can’t pick a favorite character because they are all just so cute! but I absolutely LOVE the accordian dies!

  • Karen Lai October 20, 2015 at 7:10 am

    Such cute cards. Can’t choose which is my favorite character! Love them all.

  • Lisa Giedt October 19, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    I can’t figure out which character is my favorite. I think the owl is most versatile, however your design team always seems to make any of them seem versatile.

  • Sandy H October 19, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    What a bunch of great characters.

  • Lorena Hayot October 19, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    My favorite character is Wonder Chick. It is so funny. Great job!

  • Helene October 19, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    I love all the different designs you have put these darling CHARACTERS in! you never what they’ll be celebrating next!

  • DJ October 17, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    Love the transformation of these CHARACTERS!

  • Chiara October 17, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    Great use of each character.. They are soooo versatili

  • Angela October 17, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Your character creation is the best. Ever! Thank you for sharing your gift!

  • Barbara Woodard October 17, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    I love all the dies you’ve made but especially the character dies. thank you so much for designing them and ECD for making them.

  • Shari D October 17, 2015 at 7:01 am

    If I was asked to choose one character I loved, I love them all so I couldn’t choose. They all add their own character to every project. Karen you are such an inspiration. Thank you!

  • Connie October 16, 2015 at 11:25 am

    So many cute ideas. I especially love the owl character dressed for Halloween! Adorable!

  • linda fontanella October 16, 2015 at 11:00 am

    love all the animals. Can’t think of any that I would not love to have.
    As usual your ideas are always great.

  • Vivian C. October 16, 2015 at 10:56 am

    The characters just make me smile. Dressing up the characters takes it up a notch to a big ol’ grin. LOL As always, everyone did a fabulous job! The cards all had such character.

  • Melanie October 16, 2015 at 8:28 am

    All the designers have created such character with their cards! I am inspired!

  • Betty B October 16, 2015 at 7:45 am

    Wow! it was hard enough to decide which CHARACTER to get and now the team has provided even more possibilities. What to choose, what to choose.

  • Zeva October 15, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    i love all the character dies and the examples are great!

  • Lynnekirby October 15, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    I love all the character dies! I love seeing how you alter them to make new characters. Your creativity knows no bounds! I always look forward to your inspirational posts and videos!

  • Susan B. October 15, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    I love all the characters. These are my go to dies. Putting them in costume is lots of fun!

  • Joyce October 15, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    I really love all the Characters. You always do such talented work.

  • jlingraham October 15, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    So clever to have accessories for your animal characters. So much versatility

  • Gail Jean Scott October 15, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Thank you so much for showing us the lovely card creations on this blog – I am loving that tree and reindeer creation and video – all of the cards are just lovely TFS

  • Alice October 15, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    All of these cards are full of fun. Thanks to all the talented card makers for sharing them!

  • Deb Napolitano October 15, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    It’s a difficult decision choosing which ‘Character’ I like best. So much fun here! Thanks Karen!

  • Jean Crocker October 15, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    I love the pop up cards this month, they have so much character! Can’t wait to get my crab out and dress him up!

  • robin harrell October 15, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    I love love love all your dies but the Character dies are my all time most loved I just sit and make them by the 1/2 dozen so I have them ready for any project. It is amazing that you have made them so they can be more than what they appear to be. I do not feel like I have spent too much money when I can use the same die for so many different projects. Thank you for your skills.

  • Diane Johnstone October 15, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    What great Character inspiration for cards or whatever.

  • lisa808 October 15, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Darling character inspiration!

  • barb macaskill October 15, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Oh my gosh!!! The designers have certainly brought these cute and cuddly CHARACTERS to life! On Donnas card I had to actually reach out to see if I could feel the texture on the branch!! Yes, silly but I did!! All of these characters are welcome to come visit me anytime!

  • Katy Young October 15, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Love all the characters in each card! So fun!

  • Linda Mayer October 15, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Love these little characters…each one dressed for different occasions!

  • Marjorie October 15, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Love all the cards. They’re so full of character.

  • Debbi October 15, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Love, love all the characters

  • Gina Patt October 15, 2015 at 8:31 am

    I love all of the characters on these cards. You’ve given me ideas for many different seasons and how to use the characters for different cards. Thank so much.

  • grannygoose October 15, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Love all your designs, they have so much character

  • Yve Kelly October 15, 2015 at 8:07 am

    The theme “characters in costumes” made me laugh…some of them are mad! My favourites…William the Elf, the Witch Doll and Wonder Chick. Where do you get these ideas from?
    It will be difficult to choose a character die when I win!!!

  • Sue Hislop October 15, 2015 at 7:44 am

    This month’s are so cute with all the characters.

  • Gina J October 15, 2015 at 6:51 am

    WOW! These are absolutely gorgeous. Really inspired my daughters and I. Love the versatility.

  • sarita October 15, 2015 at 6:50 am

    Wonderful cards, the characters are all so fun.

  • Sabrina Radican October 15, 2015 at 5:25 am

    Oh my goodness…. What inspiration and I just loved how you used all the Character dies and dressed them up for Halloween!!! Way to cute!!!

  • carol snedden October 15, 2015 at 4:33 am

    love to see all the ideas on how to use the character dies. A great way to start the day.

  • TheresaMP October 15, 2015 at 3:16 am

    I have a good start on the character dies, and I would like o fill in the gaps. So many wonderful ideas on how to dress them up. thanks as always for sharing.

  • Donna Roberts October 15, 2015 at 2:42 am

    I love the adorable faces on all the animal diesthey make people happy when you make a card for them and they open it up and see a cute face looking at them.I hope I can get these dies.

  • Ellie October 15, 2015 at 2:05 am

    All cards with dressed characters are awesome, but my favorite character is the ghost owl 🙂

  • anneabigail2013 October 15, 2015 at 1:13 am

    Amazing, love all the character costumes, but the fox is my favourite. Thanks for all the inspirational ideas shared.

  • hellerlittle October 15, 2015 at 12:54 am

    wooohoooooooo you ladies rock all these Characters !!!!
    thanks for all that wonderfull inspirations to Change characters from one into a new/another
    CU hellerlittle

  • Jane's Journal October 14, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    What wonderful new dies every one is a unique little character. Wonderful inspiration thanks so much

  • Sandra Smeby October 14, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    These are all wonderful inspiration. I especially love the elvish goat character for Christmas.

  • JenW October 14, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    How can each character be cuter than the last?! Such great ideas–i just can’t decide if Dutch or Cheepers is most adorable.

  • Cheryl October 14, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    These are the cutest character pop ups I’ve seen! Keeping my fingers crossed to win one so I can purchase the others! Eye candy is soooo addictive!

  • Maricruz Diffey October 14, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    All of yhe animal dies have such CHARACTER and I want them all!! Thanks for sharing these great cards with us all

  • Lisa Taylor October 14, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    LOVE the character dies! I use them on just about every card. I don’t have them all, but getting there! Everyone did great on dressing up the characters. WHAT FUN!

  • Gerry October 14, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    Love all the different customes the designers used to create cards with the CHARACTERS.

  • Gloria Russell October 14, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Love all the personalities of the characters

  • Vicki Hill October 14, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    All the Characters have so much personality! Love them!

  • Lynn L October 14, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    Love all the new Character dies!

  • linda October 14, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    I bet u r quite a character. Love your dies!

  • stampgrl29 October 14, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    I really think William the Goat is quite the Character as an elf in the Accordion Die! 🙂

  • Judy Chmura October 14, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    CHARACTER. Love the new cards. I’m very partial to the owl. He is so very versatile.

  • Raquel Mason October 14, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    Awesome video! William looks great as an elf & love his shoes! Texture paste – brilliant idea.

  • Marisol October 14, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    Oh wowie would I love to have these characters popping and hanging all over my holiday cards and decor. Great JOB DT! Inspiration is full of character!

  • Debbie Kaste October 14, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    Karen, all your dies have so much character. Love what your DT members created. Awesome work!

  • Myrna October 14, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    The card with Poppy the Owl dressed for hula is the CHARACTER I like the best. All these characters have so much personality and character. Love ’em!

  • Maria Villasenor October 14, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    The owl is still my favorite character, I will have to figure out how to make it for Christmas using the ring accordion!

  • Heather Warner-Ferguson October 14, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    Love the inspiration and all the great ideas! And love the thought I can “elf-ify” any character and get something adorable and new!

  • M Samuelson October 14, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    Character is key when creating any card, Elizabeth Crafts and Karen Burniston make this an easy thing to achieve!!

  • Cathy McC T October 14, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    I love the idea of dressing a character in a costume–it reminds me of when I was a child and dressed my stuffed animals in doll clothes. Makes me smile.

  • Jane P. October 14, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    Every time I see your designs a new CHARACTER die becomes my favorite! Love the penguin as a snowman. But the first CHARACTER I bought was Poppy the Owl so I love seeing him in different ways!

  • Nancy Van Deusen October 14, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    Love the character costumes! I especially like the ghost owl.

  • Denni Twerdy October 14, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    OHMYGOSH I absolutely love every CHARACTER you come out with but Poppy the Owl dressed for a luau has to be my alltime faaaaaavorite! Too funny!!!!

  • Sally-Ann October 14, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    Wow The ideas are great – gives you a whole new look at using your dies

  • Shari October 14, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    These are all so amazing! Such cute ideas, and thanks so much for taking the time to do a video for the accordion die set. If I bought this and tried to do it without a video, I would have been so lost.. haha It’s really quite simple once seeing it in action. ♥

  • Pat Runnells October 14, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    Wow! Super cute ideas! Only problem is trying to decide which character to dress up!☺Love them all!

  • Karen Wade October 14, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    what wonderful cards. lots of great ideas. I’m excited to use the characters in my cards. secret word is character

  • Pam B. October 14, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    My favorite is Wiskers the cat and how Shelly changed her into a most wonderful three dimensional character. She also has such wonderful ideas..

  • Sharon Knopic October 14, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    I’ve taken your classes at events, and ordered your page patterns (you turned HOME into a barn for me, remember? )so now I’m addicted to these characters. ADORABLE. I need them all! For the barn, of course!

  • Pam Brown October 14, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    What fun ways to use all those wonderful character dies. Takes thinking outside the box to a new level.

  • Nancy E October 14, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    I love you characters in costume. Such creativity!

  • Mary Beth October 14, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    Every time a new challenge comes up there is a new character I just have to have. Really love all your. Designs.

  • Kim Miller October 14, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    I love all the cards and the characters are so cute.

  • Mary October 14, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    I love those Character dies.

  • Nancy Roth October 14, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Lots of characters, but my favorite character is the sheep. She is so adorable!

  • Paul Charlebois October 14, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Oh, which character to choose, OK, all of them

  • Jeannie Huff October 14, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    I think my favorite character is Jolly the Mouse

  • Donna Vezinaw October 14, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    You have inspired me to do more with all character dies I have!!! I love all your sample cards. I am off to play!!!!

  • Vencine Martin October 14, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    The created jelly fish character is so clever! Love all the ideas. Thank you!

  • dyeandpigment55 October 14, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    The design team has outdone themselves with this challenge. Wowza……you gals ROCK!!! Can’t pick a favorite. Thanks so much. Looking forward to that bunny rabbit 🙂

  • Deana Hayes October 14, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    Wow, this months cards are full of “character”. I love all the different ways to change them up.

  • Sandy Hentzel October 14, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    Ok, this month’s DT creations are just fabulous. I loved them all but have to admit Wonder Chick is my favorite character.

  • Connie L. Riley October 14, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    Karen, you are one fantastic CHARACTER! I knew you’d released a lot of character dies because my budget has not been able to keep up, but I had no idea that there were now seventeen of them! Oh my! The clever design team made it impossible to choose a favorite and there are so many good ideas in this month’s newsletter. Thanks for all the inspiration that each and every one of you spark, especially you, Karen.

  • Robin Kuppens October 14, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Would love to make some of these Character cards!

  • Mercy Grace Mendoza October 14, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Oh i want those barn character dies please 🙂

  • dazzlingdesignsbydebbie October 14, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    You are one of the most creative people that I have met. Keep up the good work. Character.

  • Faye douglas October 14, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    I just love all the character dies

  • Joni Seith October 14, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Karen Burniston, you are such a character! I just love your adorable and fun farm collection!

  • Hazel Hamilton Drake October 14, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Wow those are some Characters in this months challenge. I love the Owl dressed as a ghost. Thanks for all the great Character ideas. Have a great day. Hazel

  • Fontella Henderson October 14, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Karen, I had met you at the Stampin’ Up convention a couple years back and was sooooo disappointed when they stopped carrying your beautiful pop ups. Your beautiful work and inspiring creations are so great. I love the ones I have and am so glad to see this one here today. You must put some of your own character into these creations because these new characters speak to my heart. I love them. I would love to win just like all the others who leave a comment. Thank you for this chance to own another great pop up.

  • Mary Holshouser October 14, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Sandy’s etch-a-sketch card is darling. Each animal became a different character.
    the horse became a cowboy and the owl looks like Mr PotatoHead.
    Wonderful cards.
    thanks for sharing.

  • clownmom October 14, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    I think my favorite Character is Poppy the Owl, who looked great as a ghost, a pumpkin, a graduate, and a Hawaiian dancer.

  • Nicky October 14, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Love love love all the characters and all the crazy and creative ways to use them.

  • Jeanie G. October 14, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Love all the Characters–but I think the owl and the frog with fangs are my favorite–but then again the fox is adorable.
    Jeanie G.

  • Marty Fishman October 14, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    These cards are all awesome and imaginative, but my favorite character is William the Elf – love it!

  • Patricia October 14, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    What a character, “Cheepers the Chicken” just cracks me up!

  • Margaret mcchesney October 14, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    I love all of the character dies.

  • barb in kazoo October 14, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Love all the great cards. The chilly penguin changed to a snowman character is so creatative!

  • Donna McMillin October 14, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Dutch the fox is quite the character as a turkey. He is so cute. I also love Whiskers the cat doll.

  • Chery October 14, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    All of these cards have a lot of Character. I love them.

  • Audrey Freedman October 14, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Such creativity!! love all the Characters you have, want to start making stuff now!

  • judi kauffman October 14, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    As always, your team’s creativity is boundless!

  • retiredbutnot October 14, 2015 at 8:42 am

    I love all of the cards but the first one is my very favorite. Have to start saving up so I can buy that acordian and tree die. You certainly are full of fantastic ideas.

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