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Hi All!

Finally, I did another pop-up card! Pop-ups really are not hard to make at all. What makes them so time consuming is that you need a design for the outside plus a design for the inside. It’s kind of like making two cards.

Do you love this stamp set? So, so funny! I purchased some other really funny sentiments that I am going to use with it.

Don’t forget Sunday is the last day to enter the March Challenge. On Monday, two random entries will be selected to win a $25 Simon Says Stamp gift certificate. Just FYI, before I run the program that will select the winners, I will remove any duplicate entries. So, if you entered two photos of the same card, I will remove one of those photos. Thank you to everyone who has participated so far!

One more thing… if you could please enter your first name on your Profile Page, I would greatly appreciate it. I like to answer questions and comments personally, but many times I can’t because your name is not listed. Thank you in advance!

Since everyone rather enjoys my mishaps, you’ll enjoy this video. 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend!



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Copic colors used: RV13, RV19 (shirt); E31, E55, e57 (hair); YG21, YG25, E55, E57 (chair); RV00 (mouth), RV19 (shoes); C1, C4 (pants and shadow); 0

Stampin' Up! Just Kidding
Stampin’ Up! Just Kidding
SSS Celebration Time
SSS Celebration Time
Mama Elephant Border Dies
Mama Elephant Border Dies
Drawn Hearts Background
Drawn Hearts Background
Impression Obsession Stripes
Impression Obsession Stripes
Simon Says Stamp Birthday Balloons
SSS Birthday Balloons
SSS Holiday Shapes
SSS Holiday Shapes
Paper Smooches He Said, She Said
Paper Smooches He Said She Said
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers
Stampin' Up! Linen Thread
Linen Thread
Stampin' Up! Melon Mambo Ink
Melon Mambo Ink
Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin Pie Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Black Ink
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake Marker
Crumb Cake Marker
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Decorative Label Punch
Decorative Label Punch
Paper Piercer
Paper Piercer
Stampin' Up! Pierce Mat
Pierce Mat
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake Cardstock
Crumb Cake Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Melon Mambo Cardstock
Melon Mambo Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Pumpkin Pie Cardstock
Pumpkin Pie Cardstock
Martha Stewart Mini Scoreboard
Mini Scoreboard
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Big Shot
Magnetic Platform
Magnetic Platform
Ranger Craft Sheet
Craft Mat
Stampin' Up! Two-Way Glue Pen
Glue Pen
Tombow Mono Multi Glue
Tombo Mono Multi Glue
Stampin' Up! Dimensionals
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on March 27th, 2015 at 9:11 am


    YAAAAAY!!!! I love your pop-up cards!! Thank you for this wonderful, fun, sweet card. I will have to try it on my next birthday card. Cathy

  2. wrote on March 27th, 2015 at 9:29 am

    Peg C

    Superb! I just wish we had that SU set in the UK and the sentiments are so funny too! Thanks for another great video

  3. wrote on March 27th, 2015 at 12:36 pm


    I love a card with tons of steps and some fantastic techniques. Thank you another great video!!

  4. wrote on March 27th, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Evelyn B

    What a fun card! Really like the clear embossing powder and what it does for the depth of the card. The little heart to close it with is a great idea. The balloons make the card so much fun. Thanks for showing it!!

  5. wrote on March 27th, 2015 at 2:29 pm


    That is about the most darling card I have ever seen!

  6. wrote on March 27th, 2015 at 2:37 pm


    Love , love , love this idea.

  7. wrote on March 27th, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Whimsical Creations

    So, so, so cute!! But so overwhelming – LOL; I’m a dork! If you say any inch measurement beyond the ‘standard’ 1/4″, 1/2″, 3/4″, 1″ – I’M LOST! I’m such a goober!!! But I adore the card; the colors are fantastic!!

    • wrote on March 27th, 2015 at 3:26 pm


      I was going to try and help after watching the video if no one had responded yet but now I’m confused as to what you are confused about. LOL Can you be more specific what you are asking? Are you asking about the measurements for making the cuts for the pop-up or the measurements for all the cardstock that gets layered to make the card base?

    • wrote on March 27th, 2015 at 10:05 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      No worries! I know it came and went quickly. The measurements are 1/2″ each, so 3 marks: 1/2″, 1″, and 1 1/2″. Then, it’s 7/8″ out to make the popup. Let me know if I need to explain that better.

      • wrote on March 28th, 2015 at 5:41 am

        Whimsical Creations

        LOL-no, just saying I’m not good with measurements such as 3/8″, 7/8″, 1/5″, etc. just not my gig!!! Standard measurements as I mentioned above are all I can ‘easily’ find on my ruler. #truth #noshame

      • wrote on March 28th, 2015 at 5:42 am

        Whimsical Creations

        LOL-no, just saying I’m not good with measurements such as 3/8″, 7/8″, 1/5″, etc. just not my gig!!! Standard measurements as I mentioned above are all I can ‘easily’ find on my ruler. #truth #noshame

  8. wrote on March 27th, 2015 at 3:03 pm


    Hey Darlene! I can’t wait to watch your video but I was so excited about you using this stamp set on a pop-up card I had to comment first! LOL I L’dMAO when I saw this stamp set and had to buy it right then!! What other sentiments did you pick up for it? I would love to have some more. =) Also love the way you made this card pop-up, can’t wait to get the directions and it looks simple enough that even I can follow along. :b

    Okay, off to watch the video! =) Oh and btw…my first name is Sandra. I put SandraMaria in my profile as my first name because there always seems to be more than one Sandra and because my last name could be a first name — it’s less confusing. Does that make sense? Not to confuse you further but Maria is not my middle name, either. My mom use to call me Sandra Maria, so it’s endearing to me.

    Okay…NOW I’m going to go watch the video! Thank you!! ~8)

    • wrote on March 27th, 2015 at 10:15 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Sandra! Nice to know about your name. 🙂 The other sentiments I picked up are from Riley & Co. I think I’m going to use one of them next week.

      • wrote on March 28th, 2015 at 8:36 am


        Ah, I can’t wait to see!

  9. wrote on March 27th, 2015 at 3:31 pm


    Darlene, this card is too cute, and I love the sentiment. I too am planning to purchase the stamp set. You always provide easy instructions. I appreciate how much effort and time you put into each card video, and the videos you provide regarding products. I look forward each week to see what you have done. Thanks so much for sharing with us.

    • wrote on March 27th, 2015 at 10:16 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Thank you! 🙂

  10. wrote on March 27th, 2015 at 3:31 pm


    Oh. Em. Gee. Clever, clever girl. This is truly brilliant and, oh so, fun.

  11. wrote on March 27th, 2015 at 3:47 pm


    Darlene – you outdid yourself this time. How fun! You must have had a good time designing this one. Love it!

  12. wrote on March 27th, 2015 at 4:05 pm


    What a fantastic card… you’re the expert on these popup cards. I still remember how beautiful your Owl cards are, hopefully another one is coming! LOL

  13. wrote on March 27th, 2015 at 4:40 pm


    Oh this card is tres cute Darlene, you’re such an inspiration.
    I adore the stamp set so must add to my wish-list.
    Really fun to watch, and I’m sure you had a blast creating it.
    On the D/ L – glad to see the boo-boo too, makes me feel a whole lot better as the “repair” is something I have used on cards myself. So much time and energy in backgrounds to have to start over.

  14. wrote on March 27th, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    Ev Comer

    Hi Darlene, I am getting an error message on the video saying the connection was reset so unable to watch your video. I would love to see how you created this fab pop up card.
    Hope you can help please.

    • wrote on March 27th, 2015 at 6:33 pm


      Clear your cache and reload her blog. The video has been viewed by at least 14 members so the problem would have to be with your browser or your computer settings. =/ I hope you can get it figured out, because it’s a great video! Best of luck to you. =)

      • wrote on March 28th, 2015 at 6:09 am

        Ev Comer

        Thanks Sandra

    • wrote on March 27th, 2015 at 10:56 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Ev. Did you get to see the video? “The connection was reset” usually has something to do with your connection to the internet.

      • wrote on March 28th, 2015 at 2:01 am

        Ev Comer

        Yes, I did thanks Darlene. It worked after I waited for a bit.

        • wrote on March 28th, 2015 at 8:31 am



  15. wrote on March 27th, 2015 at 7:45 pm


    So cute! I just got that set, too. Too many funny sentiments to pass it up, right? Goes along with Sassy Suzie and Witty Wanda sets from a few years ago. I will soon be the queen of snark on my cards! lol

  16. wrote on March 27th, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    Brenda West

    Thanks for the pop-up tutorial. I enjoyed it enough, that I’ll try it soon.

  17. wrote on March 27th, 2015 at 8:42 pm


    So much fun! Don’t know if I could follow it or not but I still loved it! Thanks!

  18. wrote on March 27th, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Kylie Adams

    ha, ha – that sentiment is so funny. Cute card too – love the pop up balloons.

  19. wrote on March 27th, 2015 at 10:39 pm


    Oh Darlene, I’m so darn late commenting on this fabulous card but my dear hubby is on vacation for 2 weeks so we’ve been going out a lot or just staying in and chill.
    We just came back from dinner and a movie but I didn’t want to wait till tomorrow to tell you that this is one of the most fantastic pop up cards I’ve seen in a while. One of the most amazing things about it is that you created it by just measuring and cutting, no dies, not to much fuzz. I love it and I happen to have a set of balloon dies that will be fantastic to CASE your card.
    I love this sweet lady in the front, this is indeed a really cute set.
    Thank you so much for the fabulous video and directions to make a card like yours.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

    • wrote on March 27th, 2015 at 10:57 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Thanks as always for your sweet comment Maria. I hope you had fun on your night out!

  20. wrote on March 27th, 2015 at 11:45 pm


    You make it look so easy Darlene. Thanks for the great inspiration.

  21. wrote on March 28th, 2015 at 12:41 am

    Jan Richardson

    Darlene, you make it look so easy. I just love your tutorials and get so much inspiration from you.
    A very big thank you.

  22. wrote on March 28th, 2015 at 2:03 am


    This card is terrific, Darlene! Really excited to try it! I love that you’re just as particular as I am about things. Sometimes being a perfectionist can be a pain though…and most of my creations I keep to myself bc I think they’re not good enough. Anyway, I’ve been doing some things whenever I get the chance. Maybe I’ll get a chance to post it or do a challenge on here and see what you think! If I could wow you, I know I’m doing well! No pressure though. Lol! 🙂

  23. wrote on March 28th, 2015 at 8:30 am


    Great pop-up card! I love it. I am going to have to watch this video at least 10 more times in order to try and attempt this! Lol

  24. wrote on March 28th, 2015 at 4:58 pm


    Hi Darlene!!
    This is a snazzy card! As usual you did such a good job. I think I will try it also. I just love pop ups! Keep up the good work!! Thanks!!

  25. wrote on March 29th, 2015 at 12:56 am


    It’s so gorgeous…love it and have to try it. Thanks so much for showing us!

  26. wrote on March 29th, 2015 at 7:39 am


    Awesome card (as always), Darlene! Thanks for making what could be a very intimidating technique look so straightforward! Also, thank-you for including your errors! As an educator, I know how important it is to show the kids that we’re not perfect, we all make mistakes and there’s always a way to “fix’ things! So, I truly appreciate that part, too!

  27. wrote on March 29th, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Barb M.

    LOVE this card!! Can;t wait to use this technique. Thanks for all you put into this for all of us. I so enjoy seeing your video’s.

  28. wrote on March 30th, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Lorrie Yeager

    Love it !! Another great card, thanks Darlene.

  29. wrote on March 30th, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    Susan Berry

    Love this card and the pop up. I will have to try this. You have such great ideas. Thank you again. Also thanks for the information about Copic markers it will be very helpful when I am ready to order.

  30. wrote on March 31st, 2015 at 9:12 am


    Okay… I read all the comments to see if anyone else asked this question. I went back and watched again to see if I could figure it out, but I couldn’t. :/ Why do you use two pieces of cardstock and overlap them rather than just using one long piece?

    Great card, and I love your clever ideas!

    • wrote on March 31st, 2015 at 7:21 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Excellent question Donna! Typically, I do use one piece. However, it can be difficult to get the scored areas of the outside and inside pieces aligned. Since the white piece is located inside the kraft piece, it will need to be slightly smaller so that you can close it without an issue. I decided to use two separate pieces so that each fold would be free to fold as one layer. Does that make sense?

      • wrote on March 31st, 2015 at 9:42 pm


        Yes! I sort of figured it out, and I decided to give it a shot before I got your reply. Unfortunately, I forgot to follow the directions as you gave them, and I had an issue with the closure! Go figure. I should’ve lined my panel up with the score/fold on the right but instead, lined it up to the left, exactly on top of the bottom piece, which threw it off just enough. I managed to make it work and am happy with the card! I did mine a little differently and used the Stampin’ Up! hostess set “Time To Celebrate.” That caterpillar was just too cute!

  31. wrote on March 31st, 2015 at 11:27 am


    What a fun card! Thanks for the video, sure makes it easier to make my own!

  32. wrote on April 6th, 2015 at 5:36 pm


    Love this card! So adorable – another great job, Darlene!

  33. wrote on April 13th, 2015 at 5:26 pm


    Darlene! This card is amazing! I love love love it! This is definetly a prime example why I subscribed to your card community instead of others. You have priced the monthly membership right. Your cards are brilliant! I appreciate a clean and simple card – but I really want more interactive cards! This may make take me an extra 30min to make, but I will love every minute of it and I know my friends and family will ooooo and ahhhhh over the final result too. Great use of shape dies and border dies! It has me thinking more creatively about the products I have. Gosh, I can’t say enough about how much I enjoyed this video. Keep it up! Many thanks!

    • wrote on April 13th, 2015 at 11:03 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it so much Amanda! That makes me happy. 🙂 And thank you for your YouTube comment today – it was so sweet. I have another fun interactive card coming up next week – I think you’ll like it!

      • wrote on April 14th, 2015 at 12:23 am


        Looking forward to it!!! 🙂

  34. wrote on April 14th, 2015 at 8:35 pm


    Hi Darlene, this is soooo cute – I just love it!
    Thanks for all the wonderful ideas – your cards are all so amazing!!!!
    This popup is one I am definitely going to try.
    Kind regards

  35. wrote on April 25th, 2015 at 10:54 pm


    THANK YOU again so much for this pop-up treat! I love being a member. THE first card I ever watched you make was the owl on a tree branch birthday card. It insprired me to get out my Stampin’Up supplies and get into cardmaking again. It has grown into a bit of an obsession, expecially with my 18 year old daughter going away to college this year. I miss her everyday, but your inspiration helped me get through it, as I keep myself busy in my craft room. I wanted to share with you my latest card. I took out my owl punch, and created this card inspired by your owl pop-up. I hope you like it……https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/19/be/c1/19bec15aa895e76e114d04569b0ba6dc.jpg and https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/97/d8/13/97d813c9593f571f34e6a67cb4cf1336.jpg.

    Thank you for all your inspiration!!!

    • wrote on April 26th, 2015 at 11:37 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Cute! I like your version of the table. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  36. wrote on August 31st, 2019 at 9:59 am

    ishita aswani

    Hello! Love the card!
    What is the diameter of the balloon that was used as the pop up? i dont have the stamp set so im creating the same balloon stencil but need to make sure the size of my balloon is the same as yours to ensure it fits all the other measurements

    Thank you!

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