Another Banner Year

Traditionally, across the world the 27th wedding anniversary is jet stones or ebony wood, but there is no designation for the anniversary in the United States of America. We hope it is another banner year to use a sports metaphor.

Shaped cards that are pop-ups are easy with Karen Burniston’s die sets. I used several die sets from her December 2022 release including Banner Crosshatch and Wedding Charms. Previous released die sets include Cake Pop-up, Anniversary Word Set 12 and Mini Alphabet and Numbers. (The green holographic cardstock goes rainbow when photographed.)

To cut a shaped cardbase fold a mid-weight cardstock (4 1/4 x 11 inches) in half. Place the die so that it just hangs over the top fold of the cardstock and die cut through both layers.

The cool part of using the largest of the banner crosshatch dies to make the cardbase is that it adds a border pattern to all edges of the card.

I cut, with the next size down banner die, the patterned paper for inside the card, and the holographic mirror cardstock for the front and back of the card. (Thin paper inside and thick cardstock outside helps the cake pop-up work smoothly.)

To have the pop-up cake fit inside the card, I used only the top two layers, folding down the tabs on the middle layer to glue to the cardbase. For the cake decoration of the double wedding rings, I folded a scrap of gold foil cardstock in half and die-cut the rings so that I had matching gold rings that I could glue together. The diamond is cut from shimmer cardstock scrap and embossed after it was glued to the ring. (I used the ring die to emboss with.)

Included in the Wedding Charms die set is the “Best Wishes” sentiment which pairs well with the previously released “Happy Anniversary” sentiment.

Card Back

Vellum champagne glasses and the tuxedo/wedding dress charms finish off the card.

(I used tape runner adhesive to assemble the champagne glasses.)

For the front custom sentiment, I used the Mini Alphabet and Numbers. (Storing the individual letters in separate compartments makes it easy to spell out words. Writing out the count needed for each letter is also helpful.)

To hint at what is inside the envelope, I used the “Best Wishes” sentiment in the Wedding Charms set to cut from white gold shimmer cardstock.

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Materials Used:



  • Park Lane Papier – 6×6 Paper Pad – Silver Holographic Cardstock
  • Tonic Studios – Craft Perfect Mirror Cardstock – Seafoam Green
  • Funky Fossil Designs – 8×8 Paper Pad – Watercolour Rainbow
  • The Paper Studio – 8.5×11 Vellum – Clear
  • Hunkydory – 8.5×11 Printed Parchment – Forever Florals – Autumn Days
  • Recollections – 8.5×11 White Gold Shimmer Cardstock
  • Black and White Scrap Cardstock
  • A2 Green Envelope


Popping The Question

Hi Crafty Friends,

Welcome to our Karen Burniston Products – KB Riley LLC December Release Blog Hop. The Design Team have come together with Karen today for a fun blog hop to celebrate the release of 11 new dies. Sneak peeks of the new release started last week, and the dies are available to order NOW!

This proposal is literally popping the question!

Karen Burniston’s December 2022 release includes the Surprise Cube Pop-Up, Slider Box and Wedding Charms die sets used to make this proposal box.

Three decorated Surprise Cubes comfortably fit inside the slider drawer. (See assembly video for Surprise cubes.) Using the smallest crosshatch rectangle from the Slider Box set to hold the big question, it was glued to one side of a cube when flat. Placing this cube in the bottom of the drawer it tends to stay inside the drawer when the other cubes pop out. (Slider Box assembly video)

Four different charms- groom tux, bride wedding dress, double wedding rings and clicking champagne glasses – from the Wedding Charms set cover the sides of the cubes.

The tiny crosshatch squares and triangles included in the Surprise Cube set along with matting squares and triangles make for quick decorating. The Mini Alphabet letters spell out the proposal.

Not ready to pop the big question? Then try these die sets for asking someone to the prom, wishing a Happy Birthday or a Happy Christmas. The drawer will fit a gift card under the three cubes.

This release includes:

  • 2 new charm die sets
  • 1 new stand alone die set
  • 2 new Tiny House Add-Ons sets
  • 2 new Pop-up die sets
  • 1 new Woven Box Basket die set
  • 2 new Crosshatch die sets
  • 1 new Box die set

Dies are available to order now on the website.


To celebrate the release Karen Burniston and each of the Karen Burniston – KB Riley LLC Design Team members will be giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to some lucky person who comments on our blog posts, so make sure you join the hop and comment on everyone’s blog post. Winners will be randomly chosen from ALL of the blog hop comments received on our blog posts by Monday, 19th December 2022. Lots of chances to win some goodies, so just leave a comment on this post or any other blog hop posts to enter! Don’t forget to leave some way for us to contact you, in case you are a lucky winner!

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All Wrapped Up In You

My spouse and I joke that neither of us can remember our wedding anniversary. We know it is in late October but we always have to look it up. This year I decided to just make a sweet Halloween card for my spouse for our anniversary.

I used the Spellbinders’ Dancin Mummy dies as well as the stamp set from the Boo Dance Party collection to make the card. The card base is a mini-slimline card made from double-sided cardstock from a 2013 Martha Stewart 12 x 12 paper pad called Gothic Manor. The legs swing on circle foam dot.

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64th Anniversary Wishes

It is wonderful when people get to celebrate 64 years of marriage, so a special card is needed.

This card is primarily made with Karen Burniston dies focusing on the Cake Pop-Up in a 3 3/4 inch x 8 3/4 inch card base. (I used a green leafy coated card stock for the base.)

Cut out two of each of the cake tier pieces, two of the three scalloped edging pieces and two of the bride and groom piece. (I used shimmer cardstock for all but the groom pieces.) Fold tier pieces on scored lines as shown in the photos. Glue each tier together following the video photos.

It is easier to decorate the cake before attaching it to the card. (I added some embellishment drops to the scalloped edges that needed to dry overnight.) Glue one set of bride and groom together on to tab at cake top. Glue the second set on to back side of cake top. Adhere the scalloped edging on to each tier of cake, starting and stopping each scalloped piece at the center fold of each tier.

Use two rectangular foiled gold leaf die-cuts for the cake platter, cutting them in half where they go over the fold. Glued each layer down.

Align the cake center fold with the card base fold on top of the platter+. Place glue on the lowest tier’s folded tabs and glue in place. Fold card closed and firmly press cake to card base. Wait until glue has set to open.

The sentiments for the card front are Karen Burniston’s Word Set 12 -Anniversary and Happily ever after. The heart on the front with “Happily Ever After” is covered with Nuvo Glitter Drops in red. The “64th”was cut using a numbers die from The Greetery and the “th” was cut from one of the word dies in a Hunkydory-Moonstone die set.

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Other Anniversary cards I’ve blogged about:




Other Supplies:

  • Papers by BoBunny and Recollections’ Shimmer Cardstock
  • Colored and mirror cardstock scraps
  • Nuvo Dream Drops – Cloud 9
  • Nuvo Glitter Drops – Red Sunstone
  • Stampin’ Up – Crumb Cake ink pad
  • Neenah Social – A7 envelope – Bare white techweave
  • Heart dies & stamp set from Papercraft Inspirations, issue 176, April 2018

A Swinging Anniversary

Today we are making a 3-dimensional swing card using Karen Burniston dies from Dies R Us.

1. Cut two of each color using the swing die. Save the off-cut pieces for bench supports (I find the best piece is right below the bench , about 3/8 inches tall x 2 inches)

2. Trim off two roofs from darkest colour and the four posts from the lightest color. Cut the chains off the middle color. Cut bench support into two strips. (I save all the parts that I’m not using on this card to use on other cards.)

3. Cut words from each of the three colors.

4. Cut four stems from green and ten small flowers and center circles from flower dies.

5. Cut a 5 inch square and four small strips ¼ inches X 1 ¼ inches from sturdy green cardstock for the card base and post tabs.

6. Trim heart and scallop off one of the roof pieces. Glue roofs to yellow bases.

7. Glue heart and scallop trim together, being careful not to glue roofs.

8. Glue white posts ton fronts of yellow base posts.

9. Take one of yellow benches, snip the back at sides and fold down back to become bench seat. Trim of top of the bench as shown.

10. Cut the bench support strip into two side strips Fold ¼ on either end to form two tabs.

11. Trim tabs to fit the bench cut-outs. Glue tabs to lower side of back of seat piece as shown. Then glue other tabs to back bench piece.

12. Take 5 inches green square and fold in half, fold down one side to make a mountain fold, repeat on other side. Base should have two mountain folds in the shape of a “M.”

13. Glue small green support strips to inside of posts. Let dry and then glue posts to inside valley of base as shown in red circles.

14. Trim off top two loops on bench chains.

15. Cut two lengths of thread or embroidery floss. Thread one piece through the two chains on one side of bench. Repeat with other thread on opposite side of bench.

16. Tape threads to underside of roof making sure bench hangs evenly. (Red circles) Trim off tails of thread. Test swinging your bench. Smile.

17.Glue your words together offsetting at least one or both of the back colors. (Off-setting all three gives a blurred effect as shown, but off-setting just one makes the letters look 3D.)

18. Glue your flowers together and then onto the stems/bushes. Glue to base.

Hope this fun card has put a smile on your face and provided some inspiration for your crafting.

Want to see other swing cards I’ve made? Click here.

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SUPPLIES Used from Dies R Us:

Additional Supplies Used:

  • Stampin’ Up Classic Stampin’ Pads – Early Espresso and Emerald Envy
  • Summer meadow stamp set from Cardmaking & Papercraft Issue 198, August 2019
  • Square envelope from my stash

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The Best is Yet to Come

“You’re not getting older, you’re getting better” was the inspiration for this anniversary card for a “better” couple. I used one of my favorite Spellbinder’s die set – Sunday Drive along with one of it’s add-on sets  – Sunday Sunset Drive.

To create the rainbow oval I hot foiled the Spellbinder’s Essential Glimmer Ovals and then the sentiment above from a Spellbinders Glimmer of the Month sentiment set. (Spellbinders has great clubs of the month that get you the newest dies/glimmer plates before they are released to the general public and/or get sold out, plus discounts on other products like the Journey Platinum and Sapphire Mini die cutting machines that I use. The Mini I got for 75% off.)

The heart and star are some die cuts that have been in my stash for years most like cut from punches and junk mail.

To assemble the car and passengers I looked at the pictures on the packaging, but you could watch an assembly video too. The License plate was cut from white glitter paper. The taillights are Nuvo Glow Drops Neon – Shocking Pink and silver matte cardstock. I used Watercolor pencils on the passengers’ skin and hair. I added the yellow ribbon scarf to create the illusion of motion following the direction of the woman’s hair. (I was also thinking of an old Audrey Hepburn movie of her in a small sports car with a scarf blowing in the wind.)

Because I don’t own matching glimmer plate or stamp that would compliment the typeface of the front sentiment, I used die cut letters from gold mirror card and another of the license plates from the Sunday Sunset Drive set.

As is my style I stamped the back of the envelope with a hint of what is inside using an older BoBunny hearts stamp in red.

This card feels like one a husband might give to his wife as they near retirement.

Other Sunday Drive cards:

Sunday Drive Celebration

A Snowy Sunday Drive with Santa

Santa Bauble

Santa Delivers to the Tropics

Being Spooky

Driving into a Spooky Sunset

The Best is Yet to Come

Hoppy Spring!








© Sue Small-Kreider 2020

Color My World

This bland little art portfolio opens to a world of color to express how my spouse makes me feel and to celebrate our wedding anniversary.

I borrowed the idea of making a portfolio case from Bibi Cameron’s blog post for the Spellbinders Large die of the month set for August 2020. I think you could probably use most any 3D frames set to make this portfolio such as Helen Griffin’s Simply Made Terrific Terrarium die set.

The corners, closing strap, buckle and tag, I used from the Karen Burniston’s Purse Pop-up die set. The tubes of paint are also part of the Spellbinder’s set.

I heat embossed the two different stamped sentiments using two colors of embossing powder.




Ink/ Embossing Powders


  • Cream colored stock from my stash
  • Colored cardstock scraps from stash


A Trout Fishing Kind of Day

After 63 years of marriage and numerous fishing and mountain trips, I knew this couple deserved a special anniversary card that evoked all the things they love.

Hot Air Balloons-front

Hunkydory’s Moments in TimeLove is In the Air” die set and matching paper pad had the perfect pop-up card with a pond, mountains, hot air balloons and a couple taking it all in siting at the edge of the pond. The die took a couple of passes through a die cutting machine and then the tricky part of working all the folds. This die is one of the less intricate dies in the Moments in Time series but using a paper piercing tool helped with shaping all the trees on the mountains and puffing out the clouds. There is an instruction sheet on the Hunkydory’s website that is useful when doing the folding.

Hot Air Balloons-inside Wide

The front of the card’s paper and label topper came from the “Flying High” Craftwork Cards paper collection. “On Your Special Day” die cut sentiment is from Creative Dies by Sue Wilson and the jumping trout is from Stampin’Up’s “Best Catch” stamp set stamped in brown ink and fussy cut and adhered with foam pads.

Hot Air Balloons-inside

The inside “Happy Anniversary” sentiment was cut from two die sets in the Gemini Expressions series by Crafter’s Companion. The additional bird on flower and best wishes banner came from the aforementioned “Flying High” paper collection. The back side of the card is finished with more of the paper from the front.

Hot Air Balloons-back

The front and back flap of the envelop are stamped with images that give a hint of what the card is inside.


Materials Used:






Hot Air Balloons-inside CU




Sending heartfelt sentiments to a couple who have been married for over 62 years, can be tricky.  You don’t want a card to be too feminine or too masculine. You want it to reflect both of their interests and tastes.


This card was created using Karen Burniston’s Frame Pull Pop-up die. Since this would be my first time using this die, I cut a set of practice pieces from white cardstock so I can make mistakes without messing-up the printed paper.  This is a practice I am starting to do with more of my KB die sets and storing the practice cards with the die sets for future reference. (I also store my extra cuts and spare pies in tiny plastic bags and keep with the set as well.)


After watching Karen Burniston’s assembly video again, I made my practice card and then started playing with designing the card. Since the couple the card is for live in Pennsylvania where folk art is big, I thought about trying to a scherenschnitte (cut paper) or fraktur (hand-lettered and painted) card, but my time was limited. So, I looked for printed papers that would have the colors and geometric shapes that are popular with the aforementioned art forms. In going through my paper stash, I came across my tiny bags of shapes cut from junk mail using small paper punches.  This was a huge time saver, but it meant I needed to change up some of my papers I had planned to use because I found a beautiful heart that was graduated from light to dark as if it had been distressed with ink.


I had new Gemini sentiment dies that I when attempted to cut from heavy black card stock, I found I had to sandwich the cardstock and die between a folded sheet of wax paper to get enough pressure to cut the words out of the heavy cardstock. (My spouse added the dot to the “i” with a fine-tipped marker since I lost the dot on my worktable.)

Assembly time: Having the practice card to refer to, was a mistake saver. I referred to it often to find the glue points that make the card function. While I tried to follow KB’s tip to not glue the top edge of the front mat to the working edge of the from cover as it needs to be flexible, I forgot.  The cover pops up stiffly. (FOLLOW KB’s tip! Don’t over embellish the cover or the inside of the pop-up.)




Paper Punches: