A Riley & Simon Birthday Flip-Book Pop-up

It’s Stamp-tember at Simon Says Stamp and today it’s Riley & Co’s turn to team up with them.

Moose Riley and pup Simon have decided to do an old-style, silent video using signs to give some birthday greetings which pop-up when you pull the tab.  They wanted to show off all their dress-up accessories in the stamp set, so each image has different accessories – from balloons to glasses, ties and hats.

My card base is a top fold mini slimline card, I cut in two pieces (3×6 inches and 3×6 ¼ inches) scored and folded the longer piece into a tab to be glued over the other piece.

To make the scenes change, I’ve use Karen Burniston’s Waterfall Card die set which makes it very easy to create a flip-book style card without having to do a lot of math. (Watch the assembly video before assembling.)

I’ve added two small mini-pop-up cubes behind each image. You can use any of the small pop-up tabs from other sets such as the Frame Pull-Pop-up. (I cut mine from a thin strip of matching paper about ¼ x 1 ¼ inches, folded into five sections of ¼ inch long. Glue fifth section as a tab to make cube.)

I’ve added a zig-zag border to one of the pages to help hid the small bit of moose antler that sticks out on the left side.

Leftover dress-up accessories were used to decorate the envelope flap hinting at what’s inside.

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Mountain Train Ride

There is nothing so relaxing as a train ride through the mountains. Seeing the pine trees at the higher elevations and the babbling streams in the gullies. Hearing the chug-chug-chugging of the steam engine and experiencing the darkness of a mountain tunnel coming back into the sunlight.

In my challenge to myself to see how many different themed cards I can make with Karen Burniston’s new Fireplace die set; I decided on a mountain train tunnel with the mouth of the tunnel using the fireplace mechanism’s opening. All the dies used are by Karen Burniston.

I had made multiple train cars and engines for an earlier project. (Watch the assembly video for the trains.) The train tracks are from a train elements set and I cut 4 of them to have enough pieces to form the track I needed for the front and inside of the card. For the smoke from the smokestack, I turned the smallest cloud from the Outdoor Scene set on its side and glued inside the stack.

The front of the card uses curving hillside with large pine trees from the Outdoor Scene set and the treeless curving stitched edger from the Long Nature Edges set for the foothills. I shaded the hillside tope edges with a pale brown ink.

For the card’s sentiment, I double cut the large words “Enjoy” and “ride” once from brown and again from black so that I could offset them to create a shadow. The oval cuts out the word “THE” so it is backed with a scrap of black.

The inside of the card requires some practice laying out to get the right placement of the mountains, so they won’t stick out of the card when closed. (Watch the fireplace assembly video before laying out and assembling.) I used scrap pieces of brown lightweight cardstock to cut my crosshatch ovals. (Largest oval die in set was used.) I cut off the bottom of the ovals to have varying heights. The largest oval I turned over on the back, traced the mechanism opening onto and then die-cut the opening using the second to smallest to fit inside the penciled opening.

The smaller ovals are glued to the sides and behind the oval with the tunnel opening. I then adhered the fireplace mechanism as shown in assembly video and glued the mountains onto mechanism matching up the openings. Next, I pieced together the train tracks to come out of the tunnel and near the side of the mountains. Using the pop-up strip from the Fireplace die set and the two angled pop-ups from the Mini Pops set, played with placement of the pop-ups with the train pieces to set spacing.  Glue the pop-ups first and once their glue has set, then adhere the train pieces. (I bent the pop-ups at their original scored folds, but you might play with other folds and or strips to get a more realistic alignment of the train cars.)

The babbling stream is created from strips of patterned paper cut with the Long Nature Edges curving stitched edger. The diagonal placement adds drama to the card and space in the corner to write a personal message.

Leftover pieces from the train track as well as pieces from other card projects complete the back of the card.

As is my habit, I decorated the envelope back flap with additional train pieces to hint at what’s inside.

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Materials Used:



  • Colored, coated and glitter cardstock and patterned paper scraps
  • American Crafts – 5 x7 Kraft card & A7 envelope


  • Green fine-tipped marker
  • Ranger – Tim Holtz -Distress Ink – Antique Linen



Karen Burniston Design Team September Challenge “JUST…”

Just sewing a hello to you all. The fun new sewing charms from Karen Burniston’s August 2022 release make for a cute card.  Paired with the Label Charm Pop-Up and Word Set 15, this 4.25×5.5-inch card is a quick make. 

I started with a 4.25-inch by 11-inch card base folded in half. Using double-sided tape, I covered the inside and outside panels with yellow and blue plaid paper. (My favorite technique for using double-sided tape is to place around the edge of the card, lift the ends of the tape so corners are sticky, position the covering paper, you can shift the top paper a bit before you pull all the tape backing paper strips.)

Since I used 6-inch by 6-inch paper, I opted to trim it to size after adhering it to the card.

I centered the pivot label charm pop-up die over the front of my card and die cut through all three layers of paper and cardstock. Because of its thinkness, I ran it throught my die cutting machine twice. 

Because I did not adhere the center of my decorative papers to the card base, when I die cut the front label pivot, I could snip away the decorative labels from the paper and use them to decorate my card.

I cut two blue and one yellow tabbed labels. One of the blue labels, I glued the tab to the back of the yellow label and the adhered the other blue label over the back of the yellow label to hide the glued tab. Next, I used the label frame die with the hole to cut the frame from which the charm will hang from the double decorative papers side. Mark the hole to be pierced before cutting. (I would adhere the charm to the frame using a metal jump ring at this point, but you can add it as I did after the frame and label is glued into the card. It is harder to manipulate once the card is assembled.)

Fold the charm frame and attached label together as they will go into the card. Place a drop of glue on the frame’s tab and adhere to the back side of the card front label. Glue the blue label to the inside card back panel.

I cut three white charms. Two of the charms I cut the dotted oval from to form a charm frame and an oval. I stitched around the center oval of the charm with blue embroidery floss. To assemble glue the charm frame to the solid charm and then adhere one of the stitched ovals. Turn solid charm over and repeat.

I used four word sets for this card. The word sewing, I had to splice together from the words “wish” and “sending.” “Wish” is from Word Set 2. “Sending” is from Word Set 14. You can see in the photograph the sections circled in red where glued together to form the word “sewing.”

“Just” is from Word Set 15 and “Hello” is a single large die that embossed the stitch marks for you to color in with a fine -tipped marker.

The sewing charms can have their loops cut off and glued in place. I free-handed the stitch marks around the label and the label window with white and blue fine-tipped pens. For the back of the card I used the white waste from cutting the front pivot label to frame, and the leftover yellow label also cut from the front. The button and thimble cover the gaps in the frame.

As with all my cards that are sent in an envelope, I have stamped the back flap to hint at what’s inside. This is an A2 envelope. The card will require extra postage in the USA because of the thickness and the added metal charm may mean I’ll send the card in a padded envelope.

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Materials Used:



  • Catherine Pooler – Zen Plaid 6×6” Pattern Paper
  • Silver packaging
  • Blue and white cardstock scraps
  • White gold shimmer cardstock
  • Light weight white cardstock base 4.25 x11 inches folded in half
  • A2 white envelope

Pens, Inks & Stamps


Scandinavian Snowman

Thank you for joining the Karen Burniston Blog Hop for the August 2022 Release.

Such a joyful little snowman enjoying the snowy cozy Scandinavian countryside.

In her newest release, Karen Burniston has come out with some additional die sets that make putting together this snowman a snap. An add-on character set includes the top hat and band, carrot nose, large and small circles for eyes, mouth and buttons, as well as stick arms and a large snowflake. The Double-Ups for the all the pop-up balls have the side trapezoids linked together to cut 6 pieces all at once, so with the original individual trapezoid dies, you can cut all 12 side panels in one pass.

I started with a brown craft card base of 5 x 7 inches trimmed down to 5 x 6.5 inches. Next, the smaller side of the card was scored at 4.75 inches to form a gusset. Cut two of the Bitty Ball halves and two of the Mini Ball halves. I find watching the assembly videos for the balls very useful. (Bitty Balls, Mini-Balls) Numbering the order of gluing the tabs is useful for the assemble of the balls. I cut all the trapezoid panels from a white gold shimmer cardstock. And the ball halves are cut from a 100 lb. smooth white cardstock. Assemble the balls as shown on videos, including the brad in the bottom of the Bitty Ball.

The decorative papers are two layers. The measurements are listed in the photo. (Flap assembly video) I cut the the flap from another craft card blank and two decorative panels from scraps of the decorative papers. The flap dies set cuts six washers  of which three are glued together for each of the flower brad cover. Glue the front decorative panel onto the flap. Using a sharp piercing tool, punch a hole in the center of the flap.

Glue the washers and flower over the hole. Thread the twine into the brad legs and pull the twine and brad legs through the hole. Bend the legs onto the back of the flap and glue the twine inplace on back of flap.

Glue the back decorative panel over the brad legs and twine.  Glue flap tab to back of card base.  Cover back of card and flap tab with decorative paper.

Glue the front decorative papers to the card front. Mark the center of the front of the card base with pencil and pierce. Glue the second washer and flower over the hole. Thread another brad through the hole and fold the legs against inside of card. Glue the inside decorative papers to the card base covering the brad legs.

Adhere the snowman’s face. Glue the scarf pieces onto the bitty ball while flat. Cut a hexagon using the hexagon from the Surprize Ball Double-Up set or trace the center of the Bitty Ball die with a pencil and cut out. Assemble the top hat with a red hat band on front and back.

Mark the location of the hole to secure the snowman’s brad using the Bitty Ball die to fit within the card. Pierce the hole and thread the snowman brad through the hole. bend the brad legs to the back of the card. Glue the back decorative paper and white message label to cover the brad legs. Glue the hat onto snowman.

Decorate the front of the card using the faces from the Snowman, and Gnome and Santa sets Add the sentiment of “Merry Christmas” to inside. Large snowflakes are from the Snowman add-on set.

The card fits into an A7 envelope for hand delivery, but I would put the card in a padded envelope to mail.

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Getting MORE From YOUR Dies

Just an heads up that in a few weeks I am doing a series on different ways you can use Karen Burniston’s new Fireplace Die set that you can see in this Sneak Peek photo of all the new dies that will be available September 5, 2022.

On September 12 will be a spooky room scene card using the fireplace as intended.

On September 13 will be a doghouse scene using the fireplace front and mechanism.

On September 14 will be a fun train tunnel scene card using the fireplace mechanism.

I hope you will follow me as I explore some of the creative and interactive things you can make with Karen Burniston Pop-Up dies.

Blue Nose, the Pink Alligator

As young children my father would tell my siblings and I, stories about Blue Nose the pink alligator. They generally began with “Have you ever seen a pink alligator with a blue nose?” We would discuss how an alligator could live in the American Midwest where there is snow and ice as well as hot humid summers and how the alligator came to be pink and received his blue nose.  This card tells that story.

I used Karen Burniston’s Fancy Label Accordion die set for the card base and the alligator from her Bayou Animals set as well as other elements from a mixture of her designs.

The alligator is ingeniously designed using three pieces – the body, the tummy pad and the teeth/eyes piece. I colored the eye on the teeth piece while still in the dies with a fine-tipped black marker. Then gluing the teeth onto the back of the alligator head and slightly opening the teeth. To get the half asleep red sunburnt alligator, I used the oval that came out of the eye and cut it in half and glued it over the eyes. I glued the tummy pad in place, but it is tightly snug between the arms even without glue.

For the sunbathing scene, I used striped paper cut into a rectangle and then fringed the short edges to make it look like a beach towel. The sun is from the Tropical Scene set.

For swimming in a snowy frozen river, I only used the head of the alligator with large spec glitter paper for the water and white glitter paper snowflakes cut with dies from the Sleigh and Winter Charms sets. The background is a coated blue glitter cardstock. The decorative frame is from a frame set KB had previously released with another company.

The last panel with Blue Nose, the pink alligator, used the waste from the decorative Fancy Flourish frame. (I save the tiny swirls to add to shaker element mixes for variety.) The sky is inked with a tiny make-up brush and blue ink.

The back panels explain the story and use scraps from the front. Stitch marks decorate the back frames and are made using the die as a stencil with a white gel pen.

Because of its bulk, the card can be mailed in an A7 envelope.

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Materials Used:



  • Echo Park Paper Co. – 6×6 Paper Pad Double-sided Papers – Paradise Beach by Michelle Coleman
  • Recollections – 12×12 glitter cardstock -deep blue
  • Heavy teal blue cardstock
  • Orange, yellow, and white cardstock scraps
  • White litter card scrap
  • Coated baby blue glitter cardstock



Sweet Queen Bee

This fun easel card was inspired by Sharon-Elaine Jones’s floral wreaths and spinner cards on Craftworld.com, Sandy Diller’s recent crosshatch label and tag book card and a challenge to myself to make an interactive card with Karen Burniston’s fancy shaped labels that didn’t involve them being used as flat labels.

This spinning honeycomb with bees in a floral wreath easel card, uses the label dies in three different ways. The largest dis where used to create the wreath and its white inner frame. The smallest die was cut four times, each folded in half and glue together around a string. The second smallest die was used to cut the raised “Queen BEE” label that acts as the easel stop.

Using Karen Burniston’s Flutter Charms die set cut enough pieces for two bees and four honeycombs. Cut two of the largest label crosshatch die in pink. From Karen’s tag book die set cut two of the tags and one of the rectangle spine piece in pink.  

Cut from black the words “Queen” from Karen’s Word Set 5 and “sweet” from Word Set 6. Cut “Queen” a second time from orange and “sweet” from white. Ink the white “Sweet into a dark pink with Distress Ink. Glue the pair of words to create shadows or highlights by off-setting the words slightly.

Cut eight of the daisy flowers and four of the smaller butter cup flowers. Cut four pairs of the bee wings in green for leaves. Glue two of the daisy flowers one on top of the other alternating the petals. Repeat with remaining daisy flowers to end with four flowers.  Add flower centers using contrasting colors of Nuvo drops. Keep the flowers on a flat surface for at least 12 hours until they are hardened. (I was glad I had made a few extra as I accidentally flatten one of the orange daisy centers before it had hardened.)

Trim off the excess honeycomb to leave a 6 petal flower-like honeycomb that will fit inside the small yellow labels.

Glue honeycomb flowers to yellow labels.

Fold labels in half.

Glue two labels together on one folded half. Repeat with other two labels.

Glue piece of twine in the middle of the joined label halves.

Glue the other half of label to sandwich the twine in the middle. Let dry. Glue the egg shapes to the back of the bee bodies. Trim the charm circle off antenna.  Glue vellum wings to the bee body. (See assembly video.)

Position one of the large pink labels on the front of a tag. Using a pencil trace the outline of the tag onto the back of the label.

With removable tape, attach the tag to label.

On the front of the label, tape the third largest die to center of label.  Die cut through both label and tag. Using the first cut label as a guide to cut the second label’s center out.

I had to photoshop this picture to let you know to cut the entire label out and not partial as I did for my original picture.)

Fold the tag book so that the cut-out is fold in half. put glue only below the fold on the tag book piece. Glue the large label with pencil markings to the wreath to the front tag.

Glue the two tags together with the rectangle spine piece. (You can review the tag book assembly video for tips in assembling the book.)

Spread glue on the inside of pink wreath that is glued to card base. Stretch the twine centering the honeycomb with the bees glued to it. Using small pieces of permanent tape, adhere the twine in place making sure the twine is moderately taunt. Place the top pink wreath in place and press together make a tight seal to the two layers of wreath especially around the twine.

(Tip: Glue the bees on opposite sections of the honeycomb labels to have balanced weight. I made the mistake of gluing them both on the same side and it spins a bit lopsided.)

For the easel stop, cut two of the second smallest label dies once in pink and once in black. Die cut the word “BEE” from Word Set 5 in the pink label. Glue the black label to back.

I used half of the label that I cut from the large label, fold in half and half again to use as the spacer under the Bee label. (You could also use foam tape or foam dots.)

The card folds flat to fit into an A2 size envelope which I stamped the back flap with a bee in flight from Apple Blossom in black ink.

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Materials Used:



  • Apple Blossom – Bee Happy stamp set from Die-Cutting Essentials magazine issue 89

Inks & Pigments

  • Ranger – Jim Holtz Distress Ink – Saltwater Taffy
  • Memento Fade -Resistant Dye Ink – Tuxedo Black


  • Heavy weight pink cardstock from my stash
  • Yellow, orange, green and black cardstock scraps
  • White-gold shimmer paper scrap
  • Clear vellum


Thank You For Being So Sweet

Queen & Co. make some delightful shaker card kits and this Candy Land one is no exception. The thing that I love about the company’s kits are the pre-cut foam shaker frames that simplify the effort needed to make a shaker card. The extra foam left over from the frames is ideal for popping some of the candies cut from the paper pad as additional decorations.

The dies have uses beyond shaker cards with some basic shapes of circles and ovals.

I filled the shaker with elements I collected over the years, and are not included in the kit.

To hint at the envelope’s contents, I stamped in a variety of colors the candy stamps from the set with the sentiment “goody, goody gumdrops!” on the back flap and more colorful candy on the front left edge of the envelope.

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Materials Used:

Dies & Dies

  • Queen & Co. – Candy Land Kit


  • Memento – fade-resistant Dye Ink – Tuxedo Black
  • Hero Arts – Hero Hues Reactive – Creamsicle, Blue Hawaii, Pool Party and Key Lime Fizz
  • Hero Arts – Dye Inks – Rose Hues -Cotton Candy, Pale Tomato and Bubble Gum


  • Queen & Co. –double-sided papers -6”x 6” Mat Stack – Candy Land
  • A2 floral card base and white envelope from American Crafts Boxed Cards – The Pier

Shaker Elements

  • Kat Scrappiness – Rainbow Dot Sprinkles
  • Buttons Galore & More – Sprinkletz – Pink It UP
  • Stamp Anniething Adornments – Jelly Dots – Blue and Red


Sapphire 65th Anniversary

Sixty-five years together is a wonderful celebration. Traditionally, this wedding anniversary is blue sapphire. This card was for a long-distance celebration, so it has a pocket inside to tuck a gift.

When I start a card such as this one with a specific theme of sapphire blue, shiny and wedding-like, I pull all the materials I think might work such as blue mirror cardstock, white gold shimmer cardstock, 6 and 5 shaker elements with cutting dies, blue gems and gel dots, as well as heart dies, embossing folders and anniversary sentiments. I had a purchased card base made from pale gold pearlescence cardstock and came folded like an envelope with an inside pocket.

Using several embossing folders, I created some floral and heart textured pieces that became backgrounds and decorative elements for the card using white gold shimmer cardstock. I found I had coordinating heart dies by Sue Wilson that cut the lattice heart from shimmer cardstock and the vellum heart that the inside sentiment was stamped onto.

The “65” and “Happy Anniversary” needed to be cut from the blue mirror cardstock. Because of the intricacy of the sentiment die, I found I had to pass it through my die-cutting machine several times to ensure all was cut crisply.

To assemble, a panel of floral embossed shimmer cardstock was cut 1/4 inch smaller than the folded card base’s dimensions and adhered to the front of the card using double-sided tape. The blue sentiment die-cut was spot glued to the embossed panel. The lattice heart and numbers where glued together before being glued to the card flap.  The embossed heart was glued to the inside pocket.

For the inside sentiment, I stamped a white adhesive backed piece of vellum with the anniversary message using StazOn black ink. I waited overnight for the ink to dry before I die-cut the heart from the stamped vellum. Once I knew the positioning of the vellum heart inside the card, I peeled the top edge of the backing paper from the heart and adhered the top edge before peeling all of the backing off and pressing onto the card base.

Blue jelly dots and Nuvo drops were used to embellish the card. (I tried the new aroma scented Nuvo drops that has a mild floral scent. They caution that the scent will fade, so it won’t overpower the card receiver.)

The envelope back was stamped in blue with the “Wishing you Happiness on your special day” sentiment stamp from PoppyStamps.

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Materials Used:


Embossing Folders


Inks & Pigments

  • StazOn Solvent Ink – Jet Black
  • Stampin’ Up – Classic Stampin’ Pad – Blueberry Bushel


  • Recollections – Shimmer Cardstock 65 lb. 8.5in x 11 in– White Gold
  • Joy Craft Mirror Cardstock
  • Xcut – Xtras Adhesive Vellum Sheets – White
  • Mrs. Sparkle & Co. – A7 Shimmer All-in-One – Card and Envelope