Howdy Kieran! Barnyard Pop-up Card.

Last week I received an e-mail from a boy named Kieran. He is eleven years old and loves Pop it Ups dies. He lives with his Nana (Debi, my other new friend!) and uses his two Pop it Ups dies (Happy Birthday and Honey the Bear) to make cards for teachers, therapists, friends, family, etc. (whether or not it's their birthday, Debi reports!) His cardmaking counts as an art credit for school, as various weekly appointments prevent him from attending his art class.

Kieran mentioned in his e-mail that he really loves the barn and the farm animals so of course I had to make him a barnyard card. The card arrived a few days ago (along with some other goodies) and Debi said it was fun to hear him planning his next cards.

Some days, folks, I get a big huge reminder about why I love what I do.  

To make Kieran's barnyard card I basically followed the video instructions for the Floating Floor card from the Barns! Barns! Barns! Challenge last May. I added in the dies and stamps from the Farm 2 collection as well. (They weren't available yet when I made the floating floor video)


I wanted to use all six farm Characters on the card, so the front of the card features Snowball the Sheep, Brownie the Cow and Virgil the Pig hanging out behind the Fence Pop Stand die. By using a craft knife along the chin line it's easy to lift their heads to slide them in front of the fence. The "Baa" is a stamp from the Homegrown Greetings Clear Stamp set. The grass is from the Western Edges set. 


Since I was including this card in a larger package of goodies, I had the luxury of adding a knob to the front to make a closure so the card wouldn't spring open from all the layers. It's just a simple rubber band attached to the back of the card as a loop that can come up and over the Kaisercraft knob attached to the front. When the closure is released you can see the card spring partially open from all the layers inside:


When the card opens all sorts of things pop-up. That's the beauty of the Floating Floor (or stage) technique, where items can be attached onto L-supports anywhere within the floor. The front of the floor is also a platform, so I added several grass clumps from the Western Edges and a fence made by mixing elongated posts from the Fence Pop Stand die with the Chicken Wire die. The Chicken Wire was cut from a dark gray cardstock, pounced with watermark ink and then embossed with silver powder, purposely leaving some areas uninked for a mottled look.


The other three farm Characters are all on L-supports throughout the floor. Cheepers the Chicken, William the Goat and Cocoa the Horse. 


The Barn Pop Stand features doors that slide open. Inside the barn I added the Hay There Pop Stand haystack plus the grazing horse from the Western Edges. 


At the base of the card I added another strip of green to cover the backs of the staples used to attach the rubber band. I added Kieran's name spelled out with the Alphabet Caps die. The "Howdy" is another one of the stamps on the Homegrown Greetings set.


If you're already the owner of the Farm 1 and Farm 2 Pop it Ups collections then you have what you need to make this card. If not, I'm going to warn you that I didn't spare any die expense to make this card! I used it all! You could simplify, though, by using fewer animals and accessories. 

Debi said that Kieran said "Nana, I need a blog!" He also told me he wants to be on my Design Team when he's older. The next generation is the future of crafting, and I, for one, can't wait!

Here are links to the dies and stamps used on this card.  

20th Wedding Anniversary


Twenty years ago today I married my college sweetheart at Southern Oaks Plantation in New Orleans. Despite having no family in the area, we managed to pull an impressive amount of out-of-towners (Pssst - here's the secret to "yes" RSVP's - get married in New Orleans!)

Hurricane Opal was heading our way in the week before the wedding but turned and hit the Florida panhandle. It was terrible for Florida, but the western side of the storm seemed to suck all the stifling heat right out of New Orleans and left October 7, 1995 as one of the most glorious weather days we experienced in the dozen years we lived there.

Perfect weather and all our friends and family in town? Oh yes, it was a party!

Fast forward 20 years, two big moves and a couple of kids and we're still Mr. & Mrs. Burniston. And yes, we're rather impressed with ourselves for it!

John asked me to look up what twenty years is, for anniversaries. "You know," he said "How it's like paper, silver, etc.?"

I looked it up and informed him that 20 years is the China Anniversary.

"Oh good!" I said, "I'll get you some forks and that will be close enough!"

In twenty years you lose a few forks. A regular question in our house, after opening the silverware drawer, is "Is the dishwasher clean?" 

"Forks," said John, "are not China."

"Hey, we said no presents - don't look a gift fork in the mouth!"

I did, in fact, buy some forks today. I had the fun experience of spending part of my China Anniversary at the dentist. I also got the car washed and my hair done and went to the bank. It was actually a glorious day today, too, just like 20 years ago!

Here's a card I made for John (to go with the forks). We're going out to dinner tonight and have plans with friends for Oktoberfest this weekend. The perfect way to celebrate two decades! 


"Hey, 75 years is the Platinum Anniversary, John, so when we're 100, I expect you to buy me something Platinum"

"Will do!"

EDITED TO ADD: More info on the card -

  • Since it was our China anniversary I took a photo of a pretty plate while out shopping. I used the computer to overlay the greeting on the photo and then printed it out at a size to fit the Ring Accordion. 
  • The Ring Accordion has a built-in stencil feature of stitch marks. For Pages 1 and 3 I simply pressed Texture Paste through the die to add the raised stitch marks. I dumped some Champagne Gold glitter onto the paste while it was wet.
  • For the center page, I made my own stencil from the flourish included in the Merry Christmas die set. I did the same thing with the glitter, but was admittedly in a bit of a hurry, so it's not the cleanest glitter job.


Here are links to the products I used on the card. 

Fall in love with Autumn SALE! (October 1-5, 2015)


Do you subscribe to the Elizabeth Craft Designs mailing list? If so, you already know about this awesome SALE that started today. Select fall-themed products are discounted 30% through Monday, October 5, 2015.

Six Pop it Ups products are included in the sale and here are some video tutorials using the sale items:





If any of these products have been on your wish list it's a great time to pick them up at a discounted price. But hurry! The sale ends Monday. The sale also includes nineteen other Elizabeth Craft Designs dies, stamps and stickers from Susan's Garden, Petroschi Bianca and Els van de Burgt Studios. Click the picture link below to check it out!

Happy Fall, ya'll! 


Rectangle Pull Card - Back in Stock!

It's baaaack!

974 - Rectangle Pull Card

The Rectangle Pull Card die with included spinner has been quite the popular die! I'm pleased to report that it is back in stock at Elizabeth Craft Designs. In honor of its arrival I thought I'd "pull" together (see what I did there?) some of my favorite projects using this die.

If you're unfamiliar with this die, start first by sliding to 6:43 on this introductory video and watching the assembly, including how to use the included spinner die.


Nifty, eh?

Here are some blog posts using this die:

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"Hello Honey" blog post

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"Buster Plays Dead" blog post (Includes full video tutorial)

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"Rocky doffs his cap" blog post (Includes full video tutorial)

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"We're all mad here" blog post

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Kit Kat Clock-inspired RPC blog post

You can find Elizabeth Craft Designs products at independent craft stores worldwide, or here is an online shopping link: 

Happy Fall pop-up chair card


Today I'm blogging on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog with a step-by-step tutorial for making this fall-themed Adirondack Chair pop-up card. 

And check out this limited offer: 

Just like Karen, Elizabeth Craft Designs wants to wish you a 'Happy Fall', so we are offering FREE shipping on all Karen Burniston Pop it Ups purchases of over $50 on our website. This offer is available to the first 50 people only, so hurry!

When you get to the checkout with your $50 or more of Pop it Ups purchases, just enter the code HAPPYFALL2015  to receive free shipping for your order.

Click the logo below to start shopping. Happy Fall, ya'll!

Fall 2015 Pop it Ups Collins Release

Yesterday I flew home from The Collins Rep Group Fall Retailer Training Event where I launched a mini-collection and taught some classes.

Els went to Germany for StampelMekka so at the Collins show our sales rep Lisa Harrison stepped in to teach Els' portion of the workshop, a lovely wall hanger designed by Angela Beavers. My portion of the workshop was a country Christmas card featuring the Fence Pop Stand, Cocoa the Horse, Props 5 and the Western Edges.


Here's the Friday night workshop in full swing:


The next day I taught two retailer classes. The first was a gift card pop-up card class featuring the brand new Gift Card Accordion die and companion Flourish Gift Frame. These dies launched at Collins and will ship at the end of October. 

Project #1 showed off these two new dies.


Project #2 used the Sleigh Gift Card Holder, Merry & Bright Clear Stamps, Rudy the Reindeer and the Merry Christmas die sets. 


Learn how to assemble the Sleigh GCH die in this video:


Project #3 also used the Sleigh Gift Card Holder die, but minus the sleigh. Instead, the Paris Edges and Eiffel Tower plus some gorgeous Graphic 45 paper all combined to make an elegant glittered Happy Birthday card.


Next up was the Characters & Props board class. Now that we have so many Characters (17) and Props (7) dies it's difficult for the stores to have the room to keep all of them in stock all the time. This display board can help the customer know all their choices so the store can special order any they don't have in stock. Many of the retailers who weren't able to take this class wanted to know how to get one for their store. Stay tuned for that, my retailer readers - we have a plan forming! 

The board also shows off the three new additions - Lucky the Rabbit, Props 6 (western) and Props 7 (woven basket) - which will ship at the same time as the Gift Card Accordion and Flourish Gift Frame in late October.


After I was done teaching my three classes I was delighted to be invited to attend Susan Tierney-Cockburn's class. The project was a gorgeous 3-panel tag card using a variety of Susan's Garden dies  including her fabulous stone wall die. Swoon! Here I am sponging a sky using Susan's Pan Pastels and clouds-die-used-as-stencil. 



Saturday night is always the Sample Making Frenzy, where every vendor sets up one or two Make 'n Take tables. My table featured a simple pop-up tree card using the Merry & Bright Collection. I had planned to do all the prep work for this card at the show, in between classes, etc. I was thrilled when the ECD team stepped in on Thursday to help me complete the pre-cutting of the pieces. Aisling cut fifty sets of Christmas Trees and Joep cut all the pop stands and embossed the cards. What a life saver! Thanks, team!


Here's a shot of the Make 'n Take in full swing. Our prep amount was extremely accurate, as I was left with just 2 kits at the end of the 3-hour session. Yeah!


Sunday is the trade show. Here's where all the education pays off - in orders! We stayed quite busy and of course having the amazing cards by the Designer Challenge Team on display, plus the awesome giant poster of Pop it Ups dies by category (made by the amazing Marli) made it easy for the retailers to place their orders.




Sharp eyes in the photo above may have spied the two new Clear Stamp sets coming out in the Fall Release. I've had a lot of requests to release the Characters as stamps so people can color them with their Copics. I'm starting with two small Clear Stamp sets - just 3x4 with smaller outline versions of a Character and phrases to fit the theme. The stamped versions of the Characters are about half-size to the die version, so you could use them (say) on the fronts of the cards, on the envelopes or to make kids for your Characters by combining the stamps and the dies. The coordinating phrases will work great with all the decorator labels, tags, etc. in the Pop it Ups line. Here are some visuals so you have a sense of how big the stamps are in comparison to the dies. 


Without Els at the show to remind us nobody thought to get our usual "team photo" - whoops! Huge thanks to the staff at Elizabeth Craft Designs for all their prep work getting ready for the show with catalogs, boards, posters, etc. and to Joep, Aisling and Susan for making the show a success.

Check back with me tomorrow for this month's Designer Challenge. The theme is Celebrate with Frame Edges and the team has knocked it out of the park as usual. Look for the new Fall Collection dies and stamps to ship to independent retailers at the end of October.


Holiday House featured in Papercraft Inspirations Issue #144

image from was delighted to contribute some ideas for issue #144 of Papercraft Inspirations magazine using the Holiday House die. If you're in the UK this issue should be on newsstands this week. I'm actually not sure where you purchase the magazine in the USA and Canada, though - I'll see if I can find out. Edited to add - JoAnn's and Barnes & Noble carry Papercraft Inspirations.

As part of this assignment I created a bonus card with video for the Papercraft Inspirations YouTube channel. This short video will show how to create an entirely glittered Holiday House.


Here is the video showing how I made the glittered house, step-by-step.


Thank you so much to the lovely team at Papercraft Inspirations; Angela, Vicki, Hannah, Sarah and Kristin. It was an honor to be invited to contribute.

If you're interested in making your own glittered Holiday House, you can purchase Elizabeth Craft Designs products at independent retailers worldwide. In the UK you can find a huge selection of Pop it Ups dies, including the Holiday House, at Crafts U Love.

Here are some online shopping links as well:

Season's Greetings Open Center Ring Accordion

For the August Designer Challenge I taught a technique for an Open Center Accordion and mentioned that it works with any of the Accordion dies.

Today I'm showing a Christmas version of the Open Center Accordion using the Ring Accordion.


The concept of an Open Center Accordion is that the center two pages have incomplete outer frames, leaving them open for unobscured viewing of the inner shapes. This is particularly useful when the center pages have a greeting and/or photographs.

For my project I used the Ring Accordion and cut the open center pages from a sturdy white cardstock. I used the built-in  stencil on the die to add the stitching lines with a red pen and then stamped the frames with the three snowflake dies from the Merry & Bright Clear Stamps.


For the outer (full) pages I used a sturdy red cardstock for the pages themselves and then layered the small inner pieces from the open scallop frame edge that comes included with the Ring Accordion over the solid scallop edge from Ring Frame Edges 1. I stamped red snowflakes on the frame.


The inner circle decorations start with the head of Rudy the Reindeer, wearing a bow from the Sleigh die. The patterned paper is My Mind's Eye Sleigh Bells Ring - a 6x6 paper pack. On the second page I used the birch tree paper and embellished with a couple of branches from the All Seasons Tree die, a glittered wreath from Rudy the Reindeer and a stamped greeting from the Merry & Bright Clear Stamps. I cut out the "from our family to yours" using the fishtail banner die from the Lorna Label. (All supplies are linked at the end of the post)


I repeated the same papers for the final two pages, stamping and embossing Season's Greetings with white powder and cutting it out with one of the decorator dies included with the Ring Accordion. Another Rudy head completes the final page.


For the front of the album I used the open scallop frame edge that comes included with the Ring Accordion, plus the snowflakes that come included in the All Seasons Tree die set.


Ready to give an Open Center Accordion a try? Watch the video below for instructions. If you want more information on the Halloween album made in the video you can go to that blog post here: Halloween Open Center Accordion.



Elizabeth Craft Designs products are sold at independent craft stores worldwide. Here are some online shopping links for the products used. 

August Secret Word Giveaway *Winner*

Congratulations to Melanie, who was chosen by random draw as the winner of the August Secret Word Giveaway. Melanie's comment:

I am a big fan of the Halloween Holiday so the use of Jolly in the accordion card was great. I am Team Jolly today!

The secret word for August was "Team Jolly" or "Team Cocoa" in honor of two new Characters used in my project for the August Designer Challenge - Inspired Creations. Mailing list members were asked to say which "team" they were on, based on their favorite of the two. Jolly edged out Cocoa for the win, but it wasn't a landslide - plenty of votes for both teams.


Since Melanie's comment was the lucky number chosen, she will get to choose any Accordion die and either Cocoa or Jolly.


Congratulations, Melanie! Check your e-mail for some happy mail!
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Aug 2015 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge - Inspired Creations

It's Designer Challenge day! This month I challenged the team to be inspired by each other. They were instructed to go back through their teammate's creations and find one (or more) to use as inspiration for a new project. They could be inspired by the whole card, a technique, a color scheme, a combination of dies - anything. The results are magnificent and you'll definitely want to check them all out on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog Post here.


I was inspired by three projects - Kelly Booth's Easter Oval Accordion from the Spring/Easter challenge, and Caz Counsell's "FrankenPop" card and Fran Sabad's Poppy Halloween card from the Spooky September challenge.


From Caz's FrankenPop card, I took inspiration for styling Jolly the Mouse as a monster. I filmed this as its own video so it can double as the "how to assemble" video for Jolly. Just cut the pieces from traditional mouse colors instead of monster colors when you want to create a sweet mouse instead of a scary one.


Once I had my "monster mouse" I was ready to tackle the main project, where I included several techniques. Here are the techniques (and start times) included in this video:

  • Technique #1: How to create the silver/black embossed damask pages. (slide to 1:50)
  • Technique #2: How to create an Open Center Accordion. (slide to 3:35)
  • Technique #3: How to cut an opening in an accordion page and add fishing line to float items. (slide to 6:00)
  • Technique #4: How to make bats and bones from the Cocoa the Horse die. (slide to 8:40)
  • Technique #5: How to use transfer paper to make a spooky debossed tree background. (slide to 12:35)


When the album is closed there is no indication that the middle pages are not full outer frames. This is why it's important to make Open Center Accordions in multiples of 4 pages so that each "open center section" is attached to full pages on each side. This view shows off Technique #1 (silver/black embossed damask), #3 (Cocoa bat) and #5 (transfer paper spooky tree background)



Here is a close-up of the first two pages:


The close-up of the second two pages shows Technique #3 (fishing line floating) and Technique #4 (Cocoa bat & bones) plus another version of Technique #5 (spooky ghost tree)


Here’s a handy reference for making bats using the Cocoa the Horse die.


The video mentions that the display of an Open Center Accordion will differ slightly from a typical accordion. The two inner ovals will not pull out all the way into a straight line but will stay slightly bent in the center. However, the lack of a center outer frame means there’s no problem viewing both inner ovals.


Don't forget to see all the inspiration pieces on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog Post here.

Elizabeth Craft Designs products are sold at independent craft stores worldwide. Here are some online shopping links for the products used in both videos:

Edited to add . . . Shelly Hickox told me that there are actual craft videos on Vine, which I found surprising as you only get 6 seconds. I've used Vine to post looping videos of my cards opening and closing, but never any instructions or anything. So I thought I'd see if I could pick out 6 seconds of the Monster Mouse video and it's surprisingly how much you can show in 6 seconds! So if you don't have nearly 8 minutes to spare to watch the real video above, here's a 6 second version: