Sneak Peek - Karen Burniston December 2022 Release

Today we are starting a week of sneak peeks for our December 2022 release. We have eleven new dies that will start shipping to stores this week. For those without a local store option, the dies will be available for ordering from our website, KarenBurniston.com, starting Dec. 12, 2022.

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Learn about these dies by watching the preview video here:


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Throughout this week the Design Team will be sharing ideas for the new dies on their blogs. You'll find links to the designer blogs in the sidebar of this blog.

Next Monday we will have a blog hop that includes prizes for leaving comments and the new dies will be available for purchase from our website. 

Stay tuned for lots of ideas and videos this week!

Happy Crafting!

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Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 63: Snowman!

Welcome to Designer Challenge 63 with a theme of Snowman! This month I challenged the team and our guest designer to create a card featuring a snowman. You are in for an absolute treat with all their creative and stunning snowman cards. 

For my card and video I took inspiration from a piece of Maja Designs Gingerbread paper from their Happy Christmas line. I thought it would be fun to make a pop-up ball gingerbread snowman.

Learn how I made this card by watching the YouTube tutorial here:

My card measures 5" x 6" in the closed position with 3/8" gusseted folds. It will fit (barely) in an A7 envelope, but I recommend a bubble mailer for this type of card. The closure is a pivot flap closure like the one from Designer Challenge 62, but this time designed to fit a larger card that will accommodate all three ball sizes. The greeting "Sweet Christmas" was created by combining words from You're Sweet and Merry Christmas. To style every element as a gingerbread cookie I cut the pieces from brown cardstock and then highlighted (purposely imperfectly) with a white pen to look like piping.

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Open the card and the gingerbread snowman springs up. He sits on a plate made with our Circles - Crosshatch die set with smaller gingerbread cookies sprinkled on the plate. Both the plate and the snowman spin in the card on a brad.

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The structure of the snowman is made by stacking all three ball sizes: Mini Ball, Bitty Ball and Surprise Ball. All the accessories for the snowman are from the Snowman Add-ons die set. I cut them from gingerbread colors with white pen detailing for icing.

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The measurements for this type of card and built-in closure will work for double-ball characters as well. To make a removable character, mount the character on an oval or diamond and then tuck the ends under cardstock strips attached to the card. Ready to give this card a try? Here are the dies and supplies used on my card:


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Now let's take a look at the wonderful Snowman inspiration by our talented Design Team and guest designer. In each case you can click the designer's name to open their blog post in a new window. On their blog posts you'll find additional photos, supply lists and, in some cases, even videos!

Karen Aicken received plenty of gasps when she posted her amazing Woven Basket Box Card featuring a snowman, street lantern and white Christmas tree. This card is so gorgeous!  I love Karen's color scheme of white, black and gold for this card. The bow on the hat and the twine scarf are perfection! Click over to Karen's blog for a video on this card. Amazing!

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Nicky Foden made an amazing card for the challenge and on her blog post she's showing you exactly how she did it. This is SOOOO CLEVER! She made the card base using the Slim Flaps and Frames die set as a flap book that creates all these different snowmen. Can you imagine all the fun if this showed up in your mailbox?! It's just amazing clever and unique. Fabulous!

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Jen Webster shows off her amazing coloring skills with this adorable Little Labels Pop-up card. The snowmen are all so delightful and happy. I love all the different looks and expressions she created. Make sure to click over to her blog post so you can see the equally impressive card front, with even more happy snow fellas! Such talent!

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Lois Bak combined our Snowman Pop-up die set with our Christmas Tree Pop-up for a double dose of pop-up holiday fun! This card is sure to delight the recipient plus it makes such a nice decor piece. I love all of Lois's brightly-colored circle decorations on the tree. Click to her blog to see the great card front. Love it!

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Fran Sabad created a removable snowman pop-up card and I adore her color choices here. She paired the pop-up snowman with smaller snowmen plus the snowflake border from Long Nature Edges 2. Be sure to click over to Fran's blog to see the equally stunning card front. Spectacular!

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Suzanne Smit always adds such fun details to her cards. I love this scene of Snowmen having fun with an Ice Cream Sundae. Who would have thought to put chocolate syrup dripping on a snowman?! Suzanne, that's who! This card makes me smile. Click over to her blog for more details. Brilliant!

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Sue Small-Kreider created an entire snow family for the challenge and between this blog post and three more after it, she walks you through exactly how to create each member of the snow family. What a delightful creation with so many custom details, like Junior's cap and Mama's shawl. I LOVE IT! Click over for more info.

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Sandy Diller created an absolutely BRILLIANT card with Frosty doffing his cap. She used the Mailbox die to create the action and you'll definitely want to head over to her blog to learn how she repurposed the mechanism to use in this way. This card featured great colors plus Sandy's signature tone-on-tone snowflake embossing. So clever!

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Frances Byrne created a wonderful gatefold card to accommodate a removable 3-layer snowman and a smaller snowgirl. I LOVE Frances's use of the Gnome Mini Ball Add-ons to create snow braids for the girl plus a fun stocking cap. She also used the Snowman Add-ons on the front of the card to make a big snowman face. Brilliant ideas here! Be sure to click over to watch a video of this card in action.

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Karen Hasheck is our guest designer for this month. Karen posts regularly with our dies on her blog and YouTube channel, showing some great cards with fabulous techniques. She is a member of the Send a Smile 4 Kids design team, a charitable organization. When I asked Karen to be our guest for this month's challenge I mistakenly told her the theme was SNOW. Karen ended up making a brilliant Snowman card that fit the actual theme perfectly! Karen combined the Mini and Bitty balls for her 2-layer snowman. She also cleverly used several of our snowflake dies to make a stencil. Be sure to click over to her blog to see the front of this card, more about the techniques and a video of this card in action. Thank you to Karen for sharing her talents with us this month.

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Well I hope you are inspired to create some Snowman cards of your own. Join us next month on Wednesday, December 7th, for our next Designer Challenge with a theme of FIREPLACE DIE THROUGH THE YEAR - we will be showing a card using the Fireplace Pop-up for every month of the year. 

Happy Crafting!

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Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 62: Halloween or Fall

Welcome to our October Designer Challenge with a theme of Fall or Halloween.

For my card and video I'm teaching how to make a removable Mini Ball Pop-up Character card with a fun fold tab closure. I made a Halloween card to match the Challenge theme, but this technique can be used for any stacked Mini Ball characters.

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Learn how to make this card by watching the full YouTube video here:

My card measures 5" x 4.5" in the closed position, but also includes a 0.25" gusseted fold, so it will require extra postage to mail. The front of the card features our Happy Halloween and Skeleton and Bat die sets.

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Pull the tab to release the closure, allowing the pumpkinhead character to spring up. The pop-up is made using our Mini Ball Pop-up as the foundation and then decorated with Character Add-ons 1. The character is mounted onto an oval from our Ovals - Crosshatch and the ends of the oval are slid under cardstock strips inside the card, keeping the character from jumping all the way out of the card when it opens. I also used the optional new Mini Ball Double-Ups to make cutting trapezoids, hexagons and shoes faster with a duplicate set of decorator dies to fit the Mini Ball Pop-up.

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The character is removable for display. In the background of the card I added two stacked ovals and a greeting created with our Mini Alphabet and Numbers set.

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The inspiration for this card was a similar card I taught as a class. For the Lion version I used the same measurements but decorated the Mini Balls with Mini Ball Add-ons 2 - Monkey and Lion. The "love you" comes from Word Set 9 - Love.

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Ready to make your own Removable Character Card? The paper I used in the Halloween card is Creepy Candy, from Echo Park. The other papers are just older stash designs. Here are links to the dies and supplies used:


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Now let's take a look at the wonderful Fall and Halloween inspiration by our talented Design Team and guest designer. In each case you can click the designer's name to open their blog post in a new window. On their blog posts you'll find additional photos, supply lists and, in some cases, even videos!

Sue Small-Kreider went all out with this amazing haunted house diorama card combining the Fireplace and Family Room die sets. You'll definitely want to click over to her blog post to view the video and the photo tutorial. Sue has cleverly used a Double-Ups die to make a window frame! This card is epic!

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Frances Byrne created a 5x7 card with plenty of room for her haunted scene. I love her use of a Pivot Panels die as a generic platform, allowing for flying bats and ghosts. This is a great example of how our dies always build on what came before. Love this creepily cute card!

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Nicky Foden challenged herself to make a fall-themed anniversary card with a bench swing. She cleverly altered our Garden Bench die to make it appear to be a swing and I'm obsessed with it! Make sure you click over to her blog post for a full tutorial. Amazing card and beautiful fall colors!

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Karen Aicken has been using the new Bats Slim Pattern Plate in a variety of vibrant non-traditional ways and I am HERE FOR IT! This rainbow-colored Explosion card is so unexpected for a Halloween card and yet so perfect. Fabulous creation!

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Sandy Diller created two eerie coffin cards featuring our Frame Pull Pop-up to pop the lids of the coffins. Be sure to click to her blog post to see a video of these cards in action and to get the measurements of her coffins. Clever, clever, clever!

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Suzanne Smit created this delightful spooky scene and I adore her choice of using teal as a background color. Another great example of mixing newer dies with favorites from previous releases. Such a cute idea to have the bat holding a treat bucket, too! Love it!

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Fran Sabad used the Mini Ball and Mini Ball Add-ons 1 - Gnomes to create a witchy gnome with green braids! What brilliant styling to make the gnome into a witch. I love how she shaded the pumpkins, too. Be sure to click over to see the equally amazing card front. Love this!

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Lois Bak depicts the scariest house on the block with this wonderful haunted House and Fence card. The details are creepilicious! She shows how easily the Bats Pattern Plate can be used on a portrait-style card by simply cutting a second one and stacking them. Wonderful card!

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Jen Webster has created a delightful and vibrant Fancy Label Accordion card with trick-or-treating skeletons exploring a spooky neighborhood. I just love how Jen accents die cuts with markers and all her amazing details. Boo-tiful! 

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John Watterson is our guest designer for this month. John is a member of the Diamond Press Design Team and his creations are frequently shown on HSN. John loves to experiment with our dies to create new interesting combinations and effects. His first card is really two cards, because the Frame Pull on the front can be pulled open to reveal a delightful spooky scene, and then, when the entire card is opened, the Heart Collage Pop-up reveals a haunted collage. Amazing!

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John's second card is so brilliant - he's once again used the Frame Pull Pop-up on the front of the card, but instead of pulling the tab, you push it, popping open the coffin and sitting up the skeleton. Inside he made a doubled Katherine Label with a gang of trick-or-treaters. Such a clever way to use die pieces and parts as costumes! Be sure to follow John on Instagram to see more of his work. We thank him for lending his talents to the challenge this month.

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Well we hope you are inspired to make some fall and Halloween-themed cards of your own. Join us on November 2, 2022 for our next Designer Challenge with a theme of SNOW! 

Happy Crafting!

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Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 61 - Just!

Welcome to our September Designer Challenge with a theme of "Just." I challenged the team to create a card featuring a greeting that starts with the word Just. We have a great new Word Set 15 - Just Because die set that is perfect for the theme.

For my card and video I am showing the assembly of our new Label Charm Pop-up die set. The three words I would use to describe this set are versatile, generic and easy! 

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See how this die set works by watching the assembly video here:

My card is a landscape A2 size - 5.5" x 4.25" in the closed position - and will mail in an A2 envelope for a single stamp. On the front of the card I kept it very simple, with just a strip of patterned paper and some of the scribble elements from the set.

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Open the card and the front label pivots to become part of the inside decoration. This feature really helps those of us who struggle with card fronts for our pop-up cards. With this style of card it's double-duty decoration. The paper is Bows n' Blooms by Dare 2B Artzy. The owl is from our Feathered Animals die set.

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This is also a good example of how copying your own card can make things easier. I made just a few changes to colors and elements, but generally followed the packaging card as inspiration. 

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Here is the Halloween mini-slimline shown in the video. For this card I used our new Slim Pattern Plates - Bats and Spiders, plus the new Skeleton and Bat die sets. I framed the front of the card with the Short Rectangles Crosshatch and used our Happy Halloween set for a greeting. The pot comes from the Good Luck Charms.

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Here are supply links to the products used in the video:


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Now let's take a look at the wonderful "Just" inspiration by our talented Design Team. In each case you can click the designer's name to open their blog post in a new window. On their blog posts you'll find additional photos, supply lists and, in some cases, even videos!

Fran Sabad made this epic Halloween card with a greeting of "Just a Boo for you!" It's amazing how she stacked all the balls and it still folds flat. Click over to her blog for more photos and a link to her Very Hungry Caterpillar card with the same configuration of stacked balls and a video showing how they open and close.

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Jen Webster created a lovely Label Charm Pop-up card featuring a mixture of dies and some of her favorite stamps. I like how she created a custom title using the die cut "Just" and then stamped words. Click over to her blog for a clever tip on creating a border piece to frame the opening.

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Lois Bak has created a lovely Thanksgiving-themed Landscape Rectangle Accordion. This definitely has me longing for fall weather (and for pumpkin pie!). Click over to her blog for the card front.

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Karen Aicken created a stunning mini slimline Heart Collage card with a greeting of "Just because." I love her mix of paper, stamps and dies here. What a lovely card!

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Suzanne Smit created a pair of fun Halloween cards using our Cupcake Pop-up with Halloween dies. I love all the fun details in her cards, like the jack-o-lantern-headed skeleton and the bones sticking out of the cupcake. Click over to her blog to see the other version of this card. Love it!

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Sue Small-Kreider has included a full photo tutorial for how she made this lovely "Just sewing a hello" card using the Label Charm Pop-up and Sewing Charms. The blue and yellow color scheme is so fresh and lovely. Plus the stitching details are a great touch. Fabulous!

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Sandy Diller went with a greeting of "Just chill" and then made a wonderful pop-up snowman for inside the card. I love her choice to add snowflakes to the sides of the snowman for dimension and texture. Who wouldn't love to get a card like this? So delightful!

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Frances Byrne has such a way with colors and elements. This slimline Little Labels card shows off the new Sewing Charms perfectly. I love all the elements of this card and the clever punny title. Gorgeous!

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Nicky Foden mixed colors and flowers to perfection on this Label Charm Pop-up "Just saying hi" card. I especially love the rhinestones put around the opening on the front of the card. Who doesn't love a little bling? Beautiful card!

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Well we hope you feel inspired to make a few "Just" cards of your own. Join us on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 for our next Designer Challenge with a theme of HALLOWEEN. 

Happy Crafting!

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Karen Burniston August 2022 Release Blog Hop

Welcome to our Karen Burniston Products - KB Riley LLC September Release Blog Hop. The Design Team and I have come together for a fun blog hop to celebrate the release of 13 new dies. Sneak peeks of the new release started last week, and the dies are available to order NOW!
 
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For my project I'm sharing the assembly video for the Fireplace Pop-up and Fireplace Extras 1 and Fireplace Extras 2
 
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Learn how to make these two cards by watching the assembly video here:
 
 
My Christmas card measures 4.75" x 6" in the closed position and can be mailed in an A7 envelope. For the front of the card I used our Holly Pattern Plate cut from gold mirricard and embellished with red berries and a ribbon bow. Our Pattern Plates are such a great way to fill in the front of a card quickly.
 
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The inside uses the Fireplace Pop-up and Fireplace Extras 1 to create a Christmas scene. To make the mirror and rug I used our Crosshatch Circles die set and the greeting is from Word Set 3 - Holiday
 
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My year-round card measures 5" x 5" when closed and can mail in an A7 envelope. For the card front I used our Flowers Pattern Plate and then tucked a second set of mantel decorations under some of the flowers, giving a collage/bulletin board look.
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Inside the card I used the Fireplace Pop-up and Fireplace Extras 2, plus the cat from the Skeleton and Bat set, a rug from Short Rectangles Crosshatch and a greeting from our Hello die. The paper with the ladies was an older Grant Studios design from my stash.
 
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The Fireplace set is so easy to customize to any style or theme.
 
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GIVEAWAY:
To celebrate the release each stop on the hop 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, 12th September 2022. 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!

Keep hopping and commenting to see tons of inspiration and for a chance to win prizes.

Karen Burniston <--- YOU ARE HERE!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sneak Peek - Karen Burniston August 2022 Release

Today we are starting a week of sneak peeks for our August 2022 release. We have thirteen new dies that will start shipping to stores this week. For those without a local store option, the dies will be available for ordering from our website, KarenBurniston.com, starting Sept. 5, 2022.

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Learn about these dies by watching the preview video here:

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Throughout this week the Design Team will be sharing ideas for the new dies on their blogs. You'll find links to the designer blogs in the sidebar of this blog.

Next Monday we will have a blog hop that includes prizes for leaving comments and the new dies will be available for purchase from our website. 

Stay tuned for lots of ideas and videos this week!

Happy Crafting!

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Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 60: Labels!

Welcome to our August Designer Challenge with a theme of "Labels." I challenged the team to create a card featuring a label as or on the pop-up. This is also the first Designer Challenge with our newly expanded team so you'll have supersized inspiration this month and going forward.

For my card and video I have combined the mechanisms of two of our pop-up dies; Landscape Rectangle Accordion and Little Labels Pop-up. I also used our Crosshatch Labels and the result is a card filled with labels and label frames and perfect for showcasing any of our charm sets.

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Learn this technique by watching the full tutorial on YouTube here:

Because I added the large label frames to the card and didn't chop off the overhang, the card measures 4 1/8" tall by 6" long. My suggestion is an A7 envelope for mailing. The front features the "crabby" crab (pre-coffee!) styled with a frown and crabby eyebrows. The crab is from our Ocean Animals die set.

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Open the card to reveal the entire scene. The Little Labels Pop-up has been altered to fit inside the fold, creating two pop-up frames perfect for dangling charms. The crab has turned happy with a mug of coffee. The greeting is one of my favorite stamps from Riley and Company.

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The Coffee Charms are assembled on both the front and the back (double-sided) to look good from all angles. They are attached using 10mm metal jump rings.

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Because the pop-up ended up covering two of the happy crab's legs I cut a second one and glued just the legs to the side of the pop-up. 

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The papers I used are old ones from my stash. Here are supply links to the dies and supplies used in the video:



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Now let's take a look at the wonderful Labels inspiration by our talented Design Team. This is the first DC for our expanded team, so be sure to bookmark their blogs. 

Frances Byrne shows how perfectly the Little Labels Pop-up works to showcase all your favorite stamp sets. I love how she also incorporated the grass from the Long Nature Edges along the bottom of the pop-up and used the Mini Alphabet for a custom greeting. This card is Dino-mite! 

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Jen Webster combines several die sets to make a gorgeous Landscape Rectangle Accordion with a scene from the garden. I just love all the layers of fun elements and her excellent coloring. This card would brighten anyone's day!

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Karen Aicken created an absolutely stunning anniversary card using the Paper Frames Pop-up. There are so many textures working seamlessly in this card, including some shiny iridescent elements. Make sure you click to Karen's blog to watch a video walk-through of this card. So pretty!

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Sue Small-Kreider has created a full photo tutorial for how she created this clever easel card using several of our die sets. The pop-up bee and hive spins as the card opens, for an exciting reveal that you can see on video if you click to Sue's blog post. Such a sunny and sweet card!

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Lois Bak created a wonderful sea-inspired Happy Birthday card featuring the Little Labels Pop-up. I love how she's mixed the Ocean and Sea Animals sets and used cute little googly eyes. I also like how she subdivided the front of the slimline card into two areas. Sometimes the long cards can be difficult to fill but this is a great tip for how to use the space. Wonderful!

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Suzanne Smit shows a wonderful feature of our Little Labels Pop-up - that you can cover the labels and have it pop up anything! In this case Suzanne made an entire Summer Camp scene and you can almost feel the cool mountain breeze and hear the rush of the river. What a gorgeous, creative card!

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Sandy Diller brought such a smile to my face with this card. It's so clever! Congratulate YourSelfie! I love how she added a label in the middle of the Photo Collage Pop-up to hold the Tiny Gnome holding a selfie stick. Plus all the little gnome selfies are precious. Make sure you click to Sandy's blog for more information, including a video tutorial. Love this so much!


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Nicky Foden created a full photo tutorial for this amazing Paper Frames Pop-up slimline birthday card. The black elements make everything "pop". (Pun intended) I also love how Nicky's stacked labels feature the inside label turned so that the curves are opposite each other. The effect is lovely. Gorgeous creation!

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Fran Sabad has a Fancy Label Accordion dedicated to summer friendship. I just love the entire scene she created by combining several dies. I love that the animals are all paired up with a bestie and that several are wearing cool shades. Fran really shows here how building a collection of our dies can make for some wonderful combinations as many of the die sets coordinate perfectly with each other. Fabulous card!

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Well hopefully the team has inspired you to make some pop-up LABELS cards of your own. Join us next month on Wednesday, September 7, 2022 for our next Designer Challenge with a theme of JUST... The team will be making cards featuring greetings that start with the word "Just". We hope you will join us!

Happy Crafting!

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Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 59: Spinners!

Welcome to our July Designer Challenge with a theme of "Spinners." I challenged the team to create a card using any of our motion dies. Once again, their creativity is off the charts!

For my card and video I'm showing how to add three Spinner Square Pop-ups to a card for triple the motion. 

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Learn how to make this card by watching the full tutorial:

This top-fold card measures 5" x 6" in the closed position. Patterned papers are from Photo Play's "Add Another Candle" collection. The decoration for the front is made by combining rectangles and banners from the Slim Flaps and Frames die set with a streamer from the Big Birthday Charms and the corners from the Spinner Square Pop-up.

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Open the card and all three spinners bring up items. The back spinner animates the right pole. The middle spinner brings up the Happy Birthday greeting and the front spinner animates the present. I added the slice of cake from the Big Birthday Charms to the front square and used rectangles from the Slim Flaps and Frames as a place to sign the card. The pole comes from our Street Lantern Pop-up die set. 

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Ready to give this card a try? Here are the dies and supplies I used in the video:

Now let's take a look at the inspiring Spinner creations by our talented Design Team. For each of their cards you can click on the name to open their blog post in a new window. The information you seek about supplies, tips, tricks, photos and videos are on their blogs.

Fran Sabad used the Pop 'n Swap die set to create this delightful slimline card with a fast food theme. She followed the basic structure of this video tutorial and then customized with her own colors, theme and styling. What a fun card!

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Frances Byrne made this bright and cheerful slimline double spinner birthday card for the challenge and I adore it! Click over to Frances's blog to see a short video of this card opening and closing. It has fun opposite motion that is sure to delight the recipient!

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Karen Aicken did something very clever for her card. The Spinner Square is added to the card in the usual manner for a side fold card, but then she turned the card and decorated it as a top-fold card. This allows the pop-up square and spinner arm to suspend above the card's floor panel and creates a delightful spin reveal to the Celebrate greeting. I absolutely love how Karen used the Memory Charms on the back wall of the card. Definitely click over to Karen's blog for a full video walk-through of this card. Amazing!

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Lois Bak used the Spinner Square for a fun Quidditch-themed card including a clear spinner arm for a flying effect. Make sure you click over to her blog to see the front of the card and to watch a video of this card opening and closing. I love how she added the initials of the houses to the banners. Great card!

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Sandy Diller has a card that is more fun than a barrel of monkeys! Oh wait - it IS a barrel of monkeys! Sandy used the Mailbox Pop-up mechanism to make the double spinner card, having a monkey spin on the front of the barrel while two more spin up behind the barrel. She has a full YouTube tutorial for how she made this card, so definitely click over to her post to watch that video. This card is spectacular!

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Well hopefully the team has inspired you to make some SPINNER cards of your own. Join us next month on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022 for our next Designer Challenge with a theme of LABELS! The team will be making cards featuring pop-up labels. It will also be the first challenge of our expanded Design Team with four new members. You won't want to miss it!

Happy Crafting!

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Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 58 - Mini Slimline

Welcome to our June Designer Challenge with a theme of "Mini Slimline." I challenged the team to create a Mini Slimline card measuring 3.5" x 6" in the closed position.

For my project and video I wanted to showcase one of the many pop-up dies that will fit in Slimlines and Mini Slimlines. I chose the Explosion Pop-up die set.

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Learn the assembly of this card by watching the video below:

My card measures 6" x 3.5" in the closed position. This is a particularly nice size for fitting in those shorter business envelopes you can find at any office supply store. Our Short Rectangles - Crosshatch die set is designed to work with this size card perfectly so I used it on the front of the card along with some Crosshatch Hearts and a butterfly from the Flutter Charms.

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Open the card to reveal all the pop-up excitement. The explosion sides were cut with sharp scissors while folded to achieve the lace look. (Similar to cutting a paper snowflake) For the butterflies, I layered bee wings and dragonfly wings with the butterfly to create variety. The greeting is created by combining our Sending Love die set with the Mini Alphabet and Numbers die set. The patterned paper is an older Blue Fern Designs piece from my stash. The explosion sides are cut from origami paper.

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Want to give this card a try? Here are the dies and other supplies I used on this card:


Now let's take a look at what our Design Team came up with for the challenge. In each case, clicking on the designer's name will open a new window to their blog post, where you will find full details about their card.

Sandy Diller modified the lattice in the Flower Pot Pop-up to create a pop-up that really wows! Even better? She has a full video for this card on her blog post. Definitely check out this clever modification of a foundation die to create a completely new slimline-friendly look. Brilliant!

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Lois Bak has a wonderful card front for the challenge that combines many of our dies. I love that she's showing the versatility of our die sets by mixing and matching with patterned paper to create a custom scene. Mermazing!

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Karen Aicken created an exquisite anniversary card featuring the Heart Collage Pop-up. The colors are so gorgeous and I love her touches of foils for an elegant look. Head over to her blog to watch a video of this card in action. Love it!

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Fran Sabad took advantage of the dimensions of our new Landscape Rectangle Accordion, which matches a Mini Slimline size. This three page birthday card is so much fun, partying until the cows come home! Fabulous!

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Frances Byrne added our new Long Flap and Closure to a mini slimline size card to be able to add the new Mini Ball Pop-up inside, decorated as a cupcake. Everything about this card is terrific. I love the sweet pink color scheme and the way she styled the cupcake with the borders and candle. Awesome!

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Well hopefully the team has inspired you to make some Mini Slimline cards. Join us next month on Wednesday, July 6th, 2022 for our next Designer Challenge with a theme of SPINNERS! The team will be making cards with spinning elements.

PS Last month I promised that I'd issue a new Mission Poppable challenge mid-month. Well, the month of May had other plans, so I apologize. I will issue a Mission Poppable challenge for June. Look for that information in a separate blog post and e-mail on June 15, 2022.

Happy Crafting!

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Karen Burniston May 2022 Release Blog Hop

Welcome to our Karen Burniston Products - KB Riley LLC May Release Blog Hop. The Design Team and I have come together today for a fun blog hop to celebrate the release of 8 new dies. Sneak peeks of the new release started last week, and the dies are available to order NOW!
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This release includes:
  • 1 new "Ball" Die Set - Mini Ball Pop-up
  • 2 new Add-Ons Die Sets - Mini Ball Add-ons 1 - Gnomes; Mini Ball Add-ons 2 - Monkey and Lion
  • 1 new Accordion Die Set - Landscape Rectangle Accordion
  • 1 new Crosshatch Die Set - Short Rectangles - Crosshatch
  • 1 new Charm die Set - Flutter Charms
  • 1 new Slimline Sized Die Set - Long Flap and Closure
  • 1 new Alphabet Set - Mini Alphabet and Numbers
Dies are available to order now on the website.
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For my card and video I'm sharing the assembly videos for the new Landscape Rectangle Accordion and Flutter Charms.
 
 
The Landscape Rectangle Accordion measures 3.5" x 6" when folded, making it fit perfectly in the smaller business size envelopes. This is a popular size for mini slimlines. The little camera and all the small frames and rectangles come included in the die set. For a nice companion die, check out the Short Rectangles - Crosshatch, which is sized to coordinate perfectly.
 
Birthday Land Acc Front
 
To decorate this project for Birthday, I used our Big Birthday Charms, Happy Birthday and Happy Birthday Shadow die sets.
 
GIVEAWAY:
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, 23rd May 2022. 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!
 
Ready to hop on? Here are the links to the Design Team posts. 
 
Karen B <---- YOU ARE HERE