Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge - January 2023 - Rubber Band Pop-Ups!

 Hello and Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and I wish you all the very best for the New Year. It's the first Designer Challenge of 2023 and our theme this month is Rubber Band Pop-Ups! So we had to create a card using any of the fantastic dies that require a rubber band. 

For my card I used the Bam Box Pop-Up and the cupcakes from the Cupcake Pop-Up die set to create this fun Cupcake Surprise card.

I started with an A2 size card in a dark chocolate brown cardstock. I found an old patterned paper pack that I got from Michaels years ago and decided to use that. It is called The Sweet Stack and all the papers inside have a candy/chocolate theme. 

I used a pink paper with chocolate iced cupcakes as the background paper and added a trim in a fancy "chocolate" paper. I used the Border Blends - Trims die set to create a white edge along the chocolate border. 

I then die cut two of the larger cupcake pieces from the Cupcake Pop-Up die set and made them chocolate frosted. I used Copic markers to create the frosting and add some dimension to the cupcake wrappers. I also colored the cherries on top with Copic markers. Then I added some glitter gel to the cupcakes and with a white Gelly Pen, added some sprinkles. I added Glossy Accents to the cherries to give them some shine. 

I used the Circle - Crosshatch dies to create the lollipops on this card. I die cut them from heavy weight smooth white cardstock and with a pencil, traced a pattern for the lollipop. Then with Copic markers I colored them in with two different colors. Once done, I added glitter gel to one color and glossy accents to the other color. I cut a two thin strips of the same heavy weight cardstock and glued them together to create the stick the lollipop is attached to. Then I die cut a second circle in the same cardstock and added it to the back to give it some support. 

I used Lawn Fawn How you Bean shaker add-on and die cut out jelly beans to add around the cupcakes. I added glossy accents to them to give them some shine. 

I die cut the Happy Birthday sentiment from the from red cardstock and red glitter cardstock using the Happy Birthday die and glued them together to give the sentiment some strength. 

I die cut the Bam Boxes from heavy weight smooth white cardstock and added them where I wanted the cupcakes to pop-up, making sure I left enough room to close the card with the cupcakes flat. 

For the front of the card, I wanted to continue the same theme so I used the same patterned paper and added the smaller cupcake from the Cupcake Pop-Up and added another lollipop and some jelly beans. 

I cut a small rectangle from smooth white cardstock using the Short Rectangles - Crosshatch and stamped the sentiment using MFT Sugar-Coated Sentiments and black ink. 

What a fun and delicious surprise when the recipient opens the card and two cupcakes pop-up at them!

See the video below for the Pop-Up in action! As always, thank you so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!


  1. Love your cupcakes. My brain is overflowing with ideas.

  2. What a DELICIOUS CARD! I love those cupcakes! Soooooo much fun!

  3. So sweet with the pop up cupcakes.

  4. Love the bright colors and those cupcakes. I’m so in love with the bam box. The bam box really opens up possibilities. Thanks for sharing.


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