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Easy Pop-up with Die Cutting and December Challenge Winner!

Birthday Popup

Birthday Popup

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a safe night and is leisurely reading this over a cup of tea or coffee. 🙂

First, the winner of the December challenge is… entry #15: Connie H! Congrats, Connie, I emailed you. I’ll be back on Monday to launch the January Challenge, so be sure to visit then!

The Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog, which debuts January 5th, has a die-cutting pop-up product in it, which inspired me to create this card. It was really easy to make!

I originally bought this Pile of Gifts die for holiday cards, but I ended up not using it in time. So, birthday it is. You could use any die for this technique – it doesn’t need to be symmetrical. I think a set of butterflies or flowers would be beautiful.

Here is a view from the top:

Birthday Popup

And here is a close-up of the inlaid sentiment:

Birthday Popup

While I was taking the photos, I was thinking I should have used the leftover patterned paper to die-cut the ballooons on the front. Oh, well.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend – we have an exciting week ahead!! Can’t wait to share. 🙂



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.

Pile of Gifts
Pile of Gifts
SSS Celebration Time
SSS Celebration Time
SSS Happy Birthday Die
SSS Happy Birthday Die
Doodle Twine, Black Beetle
Black Beetle Twine
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Peacock Feathers Distress Ink
Peacock Feathers
Picked Raspberry Distress Ink
Picked Raspberry
Scattered Straw Distress Ink
Scattered Straw
Ink Foam Applicator
Ink Foam Applicator
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Marker
Black Marker
Sanding Block
Sanding Block
Fiskars Trimmer
Fiskars Trimmer
Martha Stewart Mini Scoreboard
Mini Scoreboard
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Big Shot
Magnetic Platform
Magnetic Platform
Stampin' Up! Craft Scissors
Stampin’ Up! Craft Scissors
Micro Glue Dots
Micro Glue Dots
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner
Stampin' Up! Two-Way Glue Pen
Glue Pen


  1. wrote on January 1st, 2016 at 1:08 pm


    Connie, I’m so happy you won! Congrats and happy new year!!! =)

    Darlene, I love this card and can’t wait to watch the video, just busy today and spent too much time on the computer already. Will be back day after tomorrow to watch and comment!! =) Happy new year to you also (again)!!

    • wrote on January 1st, 2016 at 9:31 pm


      Thanks so much SandraMaria. I am delighted too that I started off the year with a win! Maybe that means that 2016 is going to be a good one. Happy New Year to you too!

  2. wrote on January 1st, 2016 at 1:32 pm


    I click on ‘add to favorites’ so I could find it and watch the video later but now where do I find ‘my favorites’?

    • wrote on January 1st, 2016 at 6:18 pm


      On the top right of the screen, above the Live Love Cards banner, is a link that says “My Favorites.” Click that, and it will take you to those cards you have added.

      • wrote on January 2nd, 2016 at 6:01 pm


        OMG I didn’t even know this feature existed on Darlene’s site!!!! WOW…this is great!!!!
        Uh…Darlene….you can disregard the feedback I left on your survey. Dummy me didn’t even notice it was there. 🙂
        Thanks to Lorie and Andrea…and to Darlene for OF COURSE already having this!

  3. wrote on January 1st, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Laura Norris

    what a fun and unique card Darlene! Happy New Year to you and your family!

  4. wrote on January 1st, 2016 at 2:39 pm


    Cool Card!

  5. wrote on January 1st, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Carol Mac

    Congrats Connie! Love the card Darlene, I think the dsp makes it! Happy New Year!

    • wrote on January 1st, 2016 at 9:23 pm


      Oh thanks Carol Mac. I never win anything so it came as quite a surprise. In my shock I am not sure I actually thanked Darlene for drawing the lucky 15! But thanks now, Darlene! If I can win the Challenge, anyone can win the Challenge! This should be a big incentive to enter the Challenge in January. As for this card, it is so effective. It’s one of those cards you’d like to receive!

  6. wrote on January 1st, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    mary w

    Awesome card! Can’t wait to copy and make some for kids (of all ages).

  7. wrote on January 1st, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Judy Lawson

    Fantastic card! Excellent…

  8. wrote on January 1st, 2016 at 3:50 pm


    Creative as always! Have to try a pop up!
    Happy New Year!
    Julie L

  9. wrote on January 1st, 2016 at 6:19 pm


    Congratulations, Connie! I love your card. 🙂

    Really cool card, Darlene. Love the patterned paper you used, and how you created the pop-up, including the die cuts. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, and Happy New Year! 😀

    • wrote on January 1st, 2016 at 9:26 pm


      Oh thanks Andrea. It went to a little boy to say “thank you” for his gift. I hope he liked it too!

    • wrote on January 4th, 2016 at 10:06 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      You too Andrea! 🙂

  10. wrote on January 1st, 2016 at 6:28 pm


    Enjoyed watching this video Darlene but I am not a fan of “pop-up”. I am not sure why but I think it is a bit too busy for me although I do like to decorate my cards on the inside in a small way.
    CONGRATULATIONS to you Connie!!!

    • wrote on January 1st, 2016 at 9:29 pm


      Thanks Glenis. I agree that pop-up cards are a bit too fussy for me to have the patience to make but I would love to receive one as I can appreciate all the effort it takes. I made one once and that might be my last one (smile).

      • wrote on January 2nd, 2016 at 8:10 pm

        Carol Mac

        That’s the type of card you only make for someone special!

  11. wrote on January 1st, 2016 at 7:08 pm


    LOLZ…you are totally the Queen of PopUps!! Love this card!

  12. wrote on January 1st, 2016 at 9:41 pm


    I definitely agree that you are The Queen of PopUps, Darlene! But even if we don’t all like to fuss around making popups, we can appreciate them as well as get some good tips from this card for making a cute balloon card without a popup. As you suggested as an afterthought, I also plan to use some of my colourful designer paper for the balloons.

  13. wrote on January 2nd, 2016 at 12:19 am


    I’m so happy for you Connie, congratulations on your win, a great start to 2016! That’s a stunning pop up card Darlene!

    • wrote on January 2nd, 2016 at 6:18 am


      Thanks Anita. Yes, winning at the outset of 2016 must be a good omen!

  14. wrote on January 2nd, 2016 at 9:22 am


    Congratulations, Connie… love your fox card. He’s adorable and I’m sure the recipient enjoyed it too!

    Fun pop up, Darlene. One of the techniques I need to try in the new year!

    • wrote on January 3rd, 2016 at 11:35 pm


      Thanks so much for your kind words. The positive feedback from you all really has blown me away!

  15. wrote on January 2nd, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Barb M.

    Oh My! I LOVE this idea! Will definitely have to try it. thanks for all your creative ideas Darlene. Happy New Year to all!

  16. wrote on January 2nd, 2016 at 2:24 pm


    I love this card! It does seem very easy. I have lots of birthdays in the next month so it came at a really good time. In my mind I’m still in December, haven’t made the transition yet, better get with it! Thanks Darlene and Happy New Year to you and your family! You keep mentioning dog hair, I love dogs! Can we see a picture of it??

    • wrote on January 4th, 2016 at 10:18 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Suzie. When I saw your comment, I took my phone directly to the pups for a surprise photo shoot. This is the best I could do. They wouldn’t sit together! My Dogs

  17. wrote on January 2nd, 2016 at 5:30 pm


    What a great card! I added to My Favourites too – now that I know I can lol!

  18. wrote on January 2nd, 2016 at 9:35 pm


    Congratulations to Connie, enjoy your goodies!!!!!
    Darlene, this card is just so beautiful, what a fabulous die, it’s so detailed and it looks amazing with that background paper.
    I love pop up cards, I love cards with interesting folds and decorated inside and this card has both this features.
    Thank you for sharing.

    • wrote on January 3rd, 2016 at 11:39 pm


      Thanks so much. I already have my goodies selected as soon as I get my SSS gift certificate. Wheeee!!!!

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