Monday, December 11, 2023

Karen Burniston - KB Riley LLC December 2023 New Release Blog Hop!

 Hello 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 7 new dies. Sneak peeks of the new release started last week, and the dies are available to order NOW!

This release includes:
  • 2 new Add-ons Die Sets
  • 1 new Pop-up Die Sets
  • 1 new Tag Die Set
  • 2 new Stand Alone 3D Die Sets
  • 1 new Sentiment Shadow 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, 18th December 2023. 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!
My card for you today features the new pop-up die, Raising Platform Pop-Up! 

For this card, I wanted to create a fairy tale themed card, using the raising platform to look like clouds where the dragon lives. 
I started with an A2 sized card base using Neenah Classic Crest smooth white heavy weight cardstock. Then I cut two rectangle panels to create the inside scene of my card. I used my mini cloud stencil from My Favorite Things and Peacock Feathers Distress Ink to create the clouds for the background. I then die cut two grassy areas using Karen Burniston's Outdoor Scene die set. I cut these both from the same smooth white cardstock and with my Distress Oxide ink in Mowed Lawn and Rustic Forest, I created the grass area. I used my Copic markers to color in the trees. 
I then die cut the castle out using the Castle Pop-Up die set and some grey cardstock. I die cut the stone areas from the same cardstock, only I ran these pieces through my die cutting machine with the embossing plates to make the stones really stand out. I colored in all the stones on the castle with Copic markers, then glued the pieces all together. I added this to the inside of my card. 
I then die cut the dragon and the knight. I the dragon out using all white cardstock, then I colored the dragon in using Copic markers. I wanted to add some scales and some smaller details, so I went in with a soft pencil crayon after and added some scales around the dragons body and face. 
I then added some shine lines to the dragon and some glitter gel to make the dragon look like he's shiny and sparkly. I added his eyes and mouth using the die and a black pen. 
I then die cut several clouds from the Outdoor Scene die set and the Castle Pop-Up die set. I wasn't sure how many clouds I would need so I cut several of them, just in case. 
I set the dragon to the side to dry and started on my Knight and my Princess. I die cut the Knight from smooth white cardstock and from a matte silver cardstock. I colored the knight in with Copic markers, but I wanted to add some wear to the knights armor. So I used a black pencil crayon to add some dimension to his armor. 
I then started on his shield and sword. The shield was cut from white cardstock and silver cardstock. I added a pattern to the front and colored it in with Copic markers. I made the back of the shield look like wood, but the front area like metal. 
I did the same to the sword, making the handle wood and the blade a shiny silver cardstock. 
Lastly, I added the red feather to the top of his armor. 
For the Princess, I decided to go with a green dress, which I cut from smooth white cardstock and colored in with Copic markers. I added some glitter gel to her gown and used a shiny gold cardstock for her crown and belt. I add some Glossy Accents to her lips to make them shine. 
Once my characters were drying, I started on the pop-up mechanism. This is best if cut using a light weight cardstock. I used a 65lb white cardstock to create mine. I continued with the cloud pattern on the pop-up mechanism so it blended in with the background of the card. I then die cut the label insert that goes with the pop-up mechanism. You will have to fold this in half to insert it. I used a bone folder a few times to make sure that it was really well folded. Then I glued it on to the tabs that hold this piece in place. 
Once dry and I tested the pop-up to make sure it was working correctly, I added my dragon. I had to fold one of his wings to fit him in, but that was no problem. Then I stamped a small "Happy Birthday" sentiment on the label and began placing my clouds. I closed the card frequently to make sure the clouds wouldn't stick out the side. 
Then I added the Knight and Princess to my card. I had an extra die cut piece that was from the Fancy Label Accordion die set and used that as a place to sign the card. Then I die cut the "make a wish" sentiment from Word Set 3 - Birthday using a shiny red cardstock and black cardstock. I glued these layers together to give the sentiment some depth. 
For the front of my card, I wanted to keep things simple, since there is so much going on, on the inside of the card. 
I dug through my paper packs and found an old paper pack that had castles and dragons and Vikings on it. I used a piece that was like stone and one that was clouds to create the front of my card. 
I die cut the cloud patterned paper using the Ovals - Crosshatch die set. I also cut a smaller oval using the same die set, only this time with white cardstock. 
I die cut the word Celebrate using Karen's Celebrate die set, again twice from shiny red cardstock and black cardstock. I glued these together to make the sentiment stand out. 
I added some extra clouds around the ovals to continue the theme that is inside the card. 

Lastly, I stamped the "yay! it's your birthday" sentiment using MFT - Bitty Birthday Sentiments stamp set with VersaMark ink and white embossing powder. 
I think my favorite part of this whole card is the dragon. He is just so adorable!! I love how his little scales came out. Let me know what you think of this card in the comments below. Be sure to leave your name and email address for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate for Karen Burniston's online store!! Thank you so so much for stopping by, happy crafting and Good Luck!! Be sure to visit the other Design Team members, check out their fantastic cards, leave a comment with your name and email address for more chances to win!!  
Jennifer Webster ---- you are here!


  1. I love your card! Your coloring is top notch and I love your creativity in using the castle die as decorating elements. And who doesn't love dragons? I routinely use your cards for inspiration (I copy your brilliant ideas, not gonna lie). Thank you for sharing :)

  2. Totally cute, the child will LOVE this!

  3. This is fabulous! You've given me inspiration for cards for the small ones in our family.

  4. This card is so cute. I like how you used the pop up in a slightly different way.

  5. Adorable card! So perfect for the littles in the family.

  6. Love your card! Thank you for sharing your creativity!

  7. Such a cute card!

  8. So adorable, what child wouldn't love to receive this in the mail.

  9. Wonderful, fun, card! Am looking forward to ideas fro the great new Dec release!

  10. so so cute; love the dragon pop up!

  11. WOW! This is amazing! Love your coloring & the depth on the stones! WOW!

  12. Such a cute card! Thank you for always sharing and inspiring me.

  13. This is such a cute card. There are so many things about it I love. The stones on the castle, the way you have the dragon pop up, just to name a couple. Thank you for sharing.

  14. I love pop ups it's my favorite craft to do.

  15. Very cool card with wonderful details! The dragon is awesome!

  16. Adorable fun both to make it and receive it x

  17. Fantastic fairy tale card!
    Thanks for sharing.

  18. I LOVE this!!! You've done an awesome job! I love your coloring and the placement of your characters. Thank you for sharing your awesome talent with us.
    Carole Lovill

  19. This new pop-up die. I have a little grand niece who loves to dress up as a princess and also loves getting cards from me (according to her parents) because things from the cards always pop-out at her. Thanks for sharing your design. It gives me new ideas. My favorite Christmas song is: “Baby it’s Cold Outside”.

  20. So cute, anyone would love this card!

  21. So adorable. I love fantasy projects and this one is super. Thanks for sharing. kReN@afourthlife

  22. Loving the fun way you used the pop up in this delightful card. Who wouldn't want a dragon up in the clouds?

  23. How fun with the fairy tale theme--my granddaughters would love this.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

  24. Your princess and dragon scene is so dreamy and love all of the extra touches like the clouds that he is sitting in!! This pop up is perfect and is a great addition! The knight is so handsome too!!


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