Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 80: Thirst Quencher!

Welcome to the April Designer Challenge with a theme of Thirst Quencher. I challenged the team to create a project featuring a beverage. As usual, you will be delighted with their creations!

For my project I'm showing how to make a fun stacked teacup card by combining the Tea and Coffee Pop-up mechanism with the spiral from the Mini Pops Pop-up.

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

My card measures 5" x 6" in the closed position and can be mailed in an A7 envelope. The front of the card combines the small teacups and saucers from the Tea and Coffee Borders along with circles from the Mini Gift Bag and Circles - Crosshatch sets. The greeting is from Word Set 4 - Just a Note. The patterned paper is from Stamperia.

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Open the card to reveal three stacked teacups and a gift card holder.

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To style the teacups I cut them from white cardstock and use a brayer to color them with ink. The deep score lines in both pieces will remain white. Then I put the teacup back into the die and ran it through my machine with an embossing sandwich. I used a sanding tool to sand the color from the top of the embossed pattern. The pop-up mechanism included in the Tea and Coffee Pop-up was elongated to hold the bottom two tea cups. The spiral die from the Mini Pops Pop-up was used on the back of the center teacup to animate the top one.

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I used a folded Mini Gift Bag to act as a gift card sleeve inside the card. The greeting is our Thank You die and the circles from the Mini Gift Bag provide a spot to sign the card.

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This stacked teacup card can be customized for any theme by simply changing the colors and styling. Add little animals or character perched in the teacups for a cute look, or have flowers or butterflies spilling out of the cups for a pretty look. 

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Ready to give this card a try? Here are the dies and supplies used on my card:


KB Design Team 2024

Let's take a look at how our talented Design Team interpreted the THIRST QUENCHER challenge. In each case you can click the designer's name to go to their blog post where you'll find additional photos, supply lists and, in some cases, videos!

Nicky Foden created this amazing cocktail card using our Happy Hour Charms on the Twist Panel Pop-up. This is such a clever "twist" on a card and the greeting is hilarious! Nicky has posted a full photo tutorial for how she created this masterpiece, so be sure to click over to her blog for full instructions. Love this!

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Sue Small-Kreider created an absolutely fabulous Summer Fete card using the Explosion Pop-up mechanism as booths for delicious offerings, including thirst quenching lemonade. This is just an amazingly clever combination of dies for a wonderful effect. Be sure to click to Sue's blog for more photos of how she created this sweet slimline card.

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Fran Sabad posted three cards for the challenge, all featuring our original Coffee Cup Pop-up and Coffee Charms. I just love this "crabby" card (and can relate!) with the bright fun colors and tropical theme. Be sure to click over to Fran's blog to see her other cards. Wonderful!

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Sandy Diller created a custom beer card for her son's birthday and I just love how it has two reveals. The first one uses the Flip Frame Pop-up to animate a greeting and then the main card opens to reveal a fun saying that Sandy says fits her son to a tee! Be sure to click over to Sandy's blog to see this card in action. Definitely thirst quenching!

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Lois Bak made a gorgeous Teacup pop-up as a birthday card and included gold gilding on the cup and saucer. I love her play on words for the custom greeting of "Sip Sip Hooray!" Be sure to click over to Lois's blog for a peek at the fun card front. Lovely!

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Suzanne Smit made this adorable 4-page mixed Landscape Rectangle Accordion. I love the coffee and cupcakes theme and the addition of several caffeinated giraffes. This makes such a lovely display piece. Check out Suzanne's blog post for a photo of this card in the closed position. Love it!

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Jen Webster turned a coffee mug into a beer mug with this clever repurposing of the Tea and Coffee Pop-up set. I just love how she styled the beer mug, using clouds as foam and glossy accents for drips. Be sure to click over to Jen's blog for a photo of the card front and a description of how she created this card. Perfection!

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Frances Byrne made a vision in pink Tea card for the challenge. I just love her clever re-purposing of a scalloped rectangle die into an edger. There are so many great styling ideas on this card. Be sure to click over to Frances's blog to see more. Fabulous card!

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Well hopefully you feel inspired to craft some thirst quenching creations of your own. Join us next month on May 8th, 2024 for our next Designer Challenge with a theme of "From the Vault" - the team will take inspiration from one of their previous cards to make a new version. What fun!

Happy Crafting!

KarenSiggyLogo


Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 79: Bunny Ears!

Welcome to the March Designer Challenge with a theme of Bunny Ears. I challenged the team to create a project featuring bunny ears.

For my project I'm sharing the assembly video for Animal Add-ons 5. This set fits either the Mini Ball Pop-up or the Bitty Ball Pop-up to create a chick hatching out of an egg and a rabbit or Easter bunny.

Learn how to make hatching chicks and bunnies by watching the assembly video here:

For the bunny you can experiment with how the ears are attached, either as a floppy-eared bunny or as a tall-eared bunny. You also have the option to use either foundation die or stack one of each.

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Similarly, the hatching chick can be made out of two stacked Mini Balls, two stacked Bitty Balls, or one of each. You will use pieces out of the foundation die for wings, eyes, beaks and bows. 

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Our March Virtual Class features an Easter card using Animal Add-ons 5. With our Virtual Classes you are able to watch the class day video even if you did not purchase a kit. The video for this class will premiere on March 9, 2024 at 11 am Central. We have sold out of kits, but the stores still have some. You'll find the participating stores on our Events Page. Learn all about how these classes work by watching this short explanatory video. Because everything is pre-recorded you can purchase a kit even after the premiere and complete your projects at any time.

Here are the dies and supplies used in the assembly video:


KB Design Team 2024

Let's take a look at how our talented Design Team interpreted the BUNNY EARS challenge. In each case you can click the designer's name to go to their blog post where you'll find additional photos, supply lists and, in some cases, videos and/or photo tutorials. 

Frances Byrne created a slimline card with a removable Easter Bunny. Make sure you click over to her blog where you can watch a video of this card opening. What a delightful card to receive!

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Jen Webster used our Family Room Pop-up to create a cozy room complete with an Easter bunny hiding eggs. I just love the way Jen uses her markers to create such depth on the die cuts. Check out those cute bunny pillows, too! Cuuuuuute!

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Suzanne Smit fashioned her own bunny using the Animal Add-ons 5 set along with others. I love how her bunny is hugging a mug and the Spinner Square Pop-up swings out three cupcakes.

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Lois Bak made a 3-page Landscape Rectangle Accordion and decorated it for Easter. I love all her little scenes and how she added the bunny border along the bottom edges. So sweet!

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Sandy Diller created a spectacular nesting card that just keeps revealing new treasures! Be sure to click over to Sandy's blog for a video of this card in action. Amazing!

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Fran Sabad created an adorable Easter card complete with Woven Basket decor on the front and then a removable bunny inside. I love the tip from Fran to use embroidery floss for whiskers by running the floss through glue and letting it dry. So clever!

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Sue Small-Kreider very cleverly decorated our Cake Pop-up as a bunny cake using Animal Add-Ons 5. I also love her carrot borders surrounding the cake. Be sure to click over to Sue's blog for a video of this card in action. Amazing!

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Nicky Foden made the most adorable Waterfall card in an Easter theme. I love the gorgeous colors and all the different scenes. Nicky creates detailed photo instructions each month so make sure you click over and see how this card is put together. Love it!

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Hopefully you are inspired to make some BUNNY EARS projects of your own! Join us next month on April 3, 2024 for our next Designer Challenge with a theme of "THIRST QUENCHER" where everyone will be incorporating a beverage into their card.

Happy Crafting!

KarenSiggyLogo


Karen Burniston February 2024 Blog Hop

Welcome to our Karen Burniston Products - KB Riley LLC February 2024 Release Blog Hop. The Design Team have come together with me today for a fun blog hop to celebrate the release of 12 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:
  • 2 new Pop-up Die Sets
  • 1 new Ball Add-on Die Sets
  • 4 new Border Die Sets
  • 2 new Sentiment Die Sets
  • 1 new Word Set Die Set
  • 1 new Tiny Accessory Die Set
  • 1 new Stand Alone Die Set
Dies are available to order now.
 
For my post I'm sharing the assembly video for the Lorna Label Pop-up die set
 
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Learn the assembly by watching this video:

For the first project I used the Lorna Label as a single pop-up label as designed. 

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This simple birthday card measures 5" x 5" when closed. In addition to the Lorna Label Pop-up I used Word Set 18 - Connectors to make the first half of the greeting. The birthday candles came from Birthday Candle Add-ons and lion from the Monkey and Lion set. The labels and fishtail banner are included in the Lorna Label set.

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Open the card to reveal a generic label pop-up just perfect for any occasion. I used the lion and candles again and then for the greeting I used Happy Birthday and Happy Birthday Shadow.

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For the second project in the video I created a double Lorna Label Pop-up by folding the cardstock before die cutting. With this technique there are pop-up labels on the back wall and the floor of the card.

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My card measures 5" x 6" when folded. For the front of the card I used the labels and banner from the Lorna Label Pop-up and embellished with butterflies from Butterfly Collage Add-ons.

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Open the card to reveal an explosion of butterflies. The "hello" greeting comes from Word Set 6 - Summer. The butterflies are cut from a mixture of specialty papers, including glitter, glossy and Shimmer Sheetz. I colored the bodies and antennae of the smaller butterflies with a black alcohol marker.

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I used the smaller label to cut out of the pop-up label to create a frame. Then I suspended fishing line across the frame opening and attached a 3D butterfly to the fishing line. I also created slots in the lower pop-up label to add L supports for additional pop-up butterflies. 

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See the entire release by watching the Preview Video:

We will be featuring five of the new release dies in our March Virtual Class. Visit our Events Page for more info and learn how this class works by watching this short explanatory video:

 
GIVEAWAY:
To celebrate the release each of the Design Team members and myself 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,26th February 2024. 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!
 
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Here are links to the dies and supplies used in the video:

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 78: Oh my Hearts!

Well, well, well! The second month of 2024 and I've already blown the Designer Challenge schedule!

Here's what happened:

FIRST, I foolishly scheduled a Designer Challenge for a week in which I was away teaching on a cruise. In my mind I would just finish the DC video early and schedule it to post while I was away.

LIKE I'D NEVER MET ME! 

Obviously that didn't happen, so the night before the trip I pushed the challenge to the day after I returned, following our new release on February 13th. I was up bright and early on Tuesday, ready for a full and fun day of showing off our new release and then following up in the afternoon with a challenge post.

AND THEN . . . 

I missed the bottom stair, stepped full force (with a gravity assist) barefoot onto the hard tile floor and . . . broke my foot. *Sigh*

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So I am now sporting a lovely boot and using a super cool knee scooter borrowed from a friend (Friend is Jenn, scooter is Kevin) and somehow Friday has arrived without the challenge being posted. Whoops!

The theme for February is OH MY HEARTS! I challenged the team to use hearts in any project. This challenge was scheduled (twice) to go up before Valentine's Day but it's completely my fault (and clumsiness) that it didn't. Apologies to our patient and talented Design Team.

For my project I made an Assembly Video for our Mini Gift Bag die set. Because one of the bags I assemble in the video has a heart shaker front, it works for the challenge theme. 

 

The Mini Gift Bag measures 2.25" wide by 2.9" tall by 0.9" in depth. It's perfect for a standard sized gift card or for any other small gift or trinket.

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Here are the dies and supplies used in the video:


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Let's take a look at how our talented Design Team interpreted the Oh My Hearts! challenge. In each case you can click the designer's name to go to their blog post where you'll find additional photos, supply lists and, in some cases, videos and/or photo tutorials. 

Sue Small-Kreider created the most adorable space-defying miniature pop-up cards to fit inside the Candy Hearts Box. You simply must click over to the blog post to see the action on these cards and her clever re-purposing of dies to miniaturize them. What an unexpected and impressive treat to pull out of the box!

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Nicky Foden has such a wonderful pink and chocolate color scheme for this Valentine's Day card featuring the Hearts Add-on for the Fancy Label Accordion. I love how the whole card is a scrumptious box of chocolates!

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Jen Webster has an awe-inspiring talent of using her coloring skills to enhance die cuts and this impressive Photo Collage Valentine is no exception. I just love how all the little animal dies come to life under her skillful shading.

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Suzanne Smit created a fabulous 4-page Charm Accordion project in a Love theme. What a great styling idea to cover the bottom half of the accordion with die cut hearts! This will be such a lovely display piece for whoever receives it.

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Lois Bak created this adorable Valentine card and Candy Hearts Box collection. I particularly like how Lois customized a window in the Candy Hearts Box by using a circle and frame from the Circle Charm Pop-up. Our die sets mix and match so well for custom results. 

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Sandy Diller is amazing at robbing mechanisms from different dies to create entirely new pop-up looks. In this case she's animated the Heart Add-ons with the mechanism from the Flower Pot Pop-up. What fun! Be sure to click over and watch her video tutorial on this great technique!

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Hopefully you are inspired to make some heartfelt bags and cards of your own! Join us next month on March 6, 2024 for our next Designer Challenge with a theme of "BUNNY EARS" where everyone will be incorporating a bunny (or just the ears) into a card.

Happy Crafting!

KarenSiggyLogo

 


Sneak Peek Karen Burniston February 2024 Release

It's our Sneak Peek Week for our February release. These twelve new dies are 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 February 19, 2024. 

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Learn about these new dies by watching this Preview Video. Huge thanks to our talented design team for sending so many great cards and projects.

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.

On Monday, February 19th 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!

Happy Crafting!

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Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 77: Raise it up!

Happy New Year and welcome to our 77th Designer Challenge with a theme of "Raise it up!" I challenged the team to use our new Raising Platform Pop-up die set for a card of any theme.

For my card and video I am showing how to split the fold of an A2 landscape card to allow for a double installation of the Raising Platform. I also decided to have them move in opposite directions. 

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

 My card measures 5.5" wide by 4.25" tall when closed. The front of the card combines the "happy" from Small Script- Halloween with "birthday" cut using the Mini Alphabet and Numbers set. The labels and stars are included in the Raising Platform Pop-up set. Patterned papers are older ones from my stash.

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As the card opens the side-by-side platforms start to move.

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Once open, the left platform raises and the right platform lowers, revealing two pop-up frames with Big Birthday Charms dangling in the openings.

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This is a very generic technique that can be decorated for any theme. Check out all of our Charm Sets for more possibilities with this generic card idea. Here are the dies and supplies used in the video:


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We are excited that all eight members of our Design Team have re-upped for 2024! Let's take a look at how they interpreted the challenge and used the Raising Platform Pop-up. In each case you can click the designer's name to go to their blog post where you'll find additional photos, supply lists and, in some cases, videos and/or photo tutorials. 

Frances Byrne created a top-fold card that features two Raising Platforms in the center fold, creating side-to-side movement. She used larger shapes on top of the platforms to allow for larger decorations. What a fun and exciting card!

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Fran Sabad used the Raising Platform to show off some adorable stamps featuring animals hugging. I love how she combined dies, stamps, patterned paper and embossing folders with adorable results! Be sure to click over to Fran's blog to see the card front.

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Suzanne Smit made a custom celebratory card for a girl who finished her level B swimming diploma. I love how Suzanne used a large letter on the platform and then covered it with mermaids. What a fabulous way to celebrate an accomplishment! 

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Lois Bak made a custom card for a friend-of-a-friend turning 80. I love the humor and excitement of this card! Be sure to click over to Lois's blog for the hilarious card front and to read her tip for combining labels from two sets to get the sizes she needed.

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Sue Small-Kreider cleverly illustrated a poem excerpt from "The Owl and the Pussy-cat" including creating her own pop-up boat to sit atop the Raising Platform! Click over to Sue's blog post for a video and a photo tutorial for this wonderfully creative card!

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Sandy Diller ushered in the New Year with a wonderful slimline card featuring two platforms moving in opposite directions. I love the mixture of metallics, black and cream in this winner of a card. The small circles to make bubbles is another great touch. See this card in action on Sandy's blog post.


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Jen Webster also ushered in 2024 with a Raising Platform Happy New Year card. I love how she styled the martini from the Happy Hour Charms and the wonderful mix of metallics and vellum. Gorgeous!

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Nicky Foden created a top-fold slimline double Raising Platform birthday card. The colors are so fun and I love how different the platform looks when it's installed in a top fold versus a side fold card. Click over to Nicky's blog for a full photo tutorial, including the 3D balloons attached to the labels. Fabulous!

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Well we hope you are inspired to make a Raising Platform Pop-up creation of your own! Join us next month on February 7, 2024 for our next Designer Challenge with a theme of "OH MY HEARTS!" where everyone will be incorporating hearts into their cards.

Happy Crafting!

KarenSiggyLogo

 


Karen Burniston December 2023 Blog Hop

Welcome to our Karen Burniston Products - KB Riley LLC December Release Blog Hop. The Design Team and I have come together 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!
 
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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

For my posts I'm sharing the assembly video for the new Birthday Candle Add-ons and Heart Add-ons die sets that fit the Fancy Label Accordion.

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Learn the assembly by watching this video:

 

For the Birthday Candle project I went stash diving to find a pretty plaid paper and then chose my solids to match the paper. I used leftover candles on the front.

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This 4-page accordion makes such a lovely display piece and has the amped-up pop-up with the extra layer of pivoting candles. In addition to the Fancy Label Accordion and Birthday Candle Add-ons I also used the Cupcake Add-ons, Word Set 2 and Celebrate.

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For the heart version I used two sets of pages assembled with the Heart Add-ons piece. This creates a card where there the pivoting heart page is visible on the front.

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Once open the project is a feast of hearts. For a greeting I used the small script "love you" from our Pop 'n Swap Pop-up die set.

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See the entire release by watching the Preview Video:

We will be featuring the Heart Add-ons in our January Zoom class. Learn more by watching this quick preview video:

GIVEAWAY:
To celebrate the release each of the Design Team members and I 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, December 18, 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!

Karen Burniston <---- YOU ARE HERE

Lois Bak

Sue Small-Kreider

Frances Byrne

Jennifer Webster

Fran Sabad

Suzanne Smit

Nicky Foden

Sandy Diller

Here are the dies and supplies used in the video:

 

 


Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 76: Naughty or Nice?

Happy December and welcome to our 76th Designer Challenge with a theme of "Naughty or Nice?" I challenged the team to incorporate a stocking into their card.

For my card and video I'm teaching the stacked double-oven technique from a recent Zoom class. This card combines pieces from the Oven Pop-up and Oven Extras die sets, among others.

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

My card is a 5x6 top fold card and features the stocking from the Stocking Pop-up on the front of the card, filled with Baking Charms. The gingerbread cookie border comes from Christmas Borders 1. Patterned paper for the card front is from Simple Stories.

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Open the card to reveal a stacked double oven and spring-up kitchen island. The island is animated using the Bam Box Pop-up. Because the challenge theme featured stockings I added the small stockings from Fireplace Extras 1 to the cabinets. I also used the greenery, berries and holly from that same set. The patterned papers came from my stash.

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The ovens can be opened to reveal a sheet of cookies in the upper oven and a turkey in the lower oven.

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My inspiration for this card was a class card from our November Zoom class. Zoom class kits are available only through participating stores. It's possible that one of the stores still has kits for the red oven version of the card. Check our Events page for links to the participating stores.

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Ready to give this card a try? Here are the links for the dies and supplies used in my card:

Another class card that made its way into a YouTube video is the Twist Flower Poinsettia Card from our July Zoom class. Learn this card here:

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Time to check out the wonderful NAUGHTY OR NICE? inspiration from our 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!

Jen Webster used the Parcel Pop-up to lift up a Mini Gift Bag filled with fun presents, including a little stocking. This is such a wonderful mix of dies and, as usual, features Jen's signature coloring. Click over to her blog to see the card front. Exquisite!

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Sandy Diller has some Tiny Gnomes up to all sorts of mischief on her Fireplace Pop-up card. Some are even posing as a tree! Click over to Sandy's blog for a video walk-through of this hilarious card! 

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Nicky Foden uses our brand new Raising Platform Pop-up (available on our website starting next week) to raise up the upper portion of her tree. I love all the fun elements to this clever card. Click over to her blog for a full photo tutorial. Amazing!

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Sue Small-Kreider used a clever modification of the Twist Flower mechanism to twist and pop-up two circles featuring naughty or nice stockings. Be sure to click over to Sue's blog for a wealth of information about this card, including photos and video. I love it!

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Suzanne Smit made a Rockin' Rectangle pop-up card that features cute Christmas Animals reindeer peeking out of the stockings. I love how she also incorporated the matching stocking border. Ho ho ho - you'll definitely want to click over to see more more more!


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Lois Bak created a lovely Fireplace easel card featuring greenery and cute stockings. I love how she used Merry Christmas as the easel stop. Click over to Lois's blog post to see this card closed. Wonderful!

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Lois also posted a bonus DC card featuring the new Raising Platform Pop-up (available next week from our website).

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Fran Sabad created this fabulous Stocking Pop-up card featuring curious mice from the Christmas Animals decking the halls and swiping the candy. I love all the beautiful layers and detailing to this card. Click over to Fran's blog to see the equally-impressive card front.

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Frances Byrne combined pop-ups for this slimline card featuring the new Raising Platform and Stocking Pop-up, plus a flat version of the Fireplace on the card front. The festive colors and styling to this card are a feast for the eyes! Click over to Frances's blog to see more.

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Well we hope we've inspired you to be nice (not naughty) so Santa will fill your stocking with dies! Tune in next year (tee tee) on January 3, 2024 for our next Designer Challenge with a theme of RAISE IT UP! We will all be using the Raising Platform Pop-up in our projects. 

Happy Crafting!

KarenSiggyLogo


Sneak Peek - Karen Burniston December 2023 Release

It's our Sneak Peek Week for our December release. These seven new dies are 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 December 11, 2023. This is a collection bursting with love and in addition to some great card making dies and add-ons, we've got you covered with tags, bags and boxes perfect for gift-giving throughout the year.

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Learn about these new dies by watching this Preview Video. Huge thanks to our talented design team for sending so many great cards and projects.

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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.

On Monday, December 11th we will have a blog hop that includes prizes for leaving comments and the new dies will be available for purchase from our website. 

We will also offer a Zoom class in January and a Virtual YouTube class in February featuring this release. If you are interested in bundling class kits with the new dies, you can do so by contacting one of these four stores:

Scrapp'n Savvy  
Stamped Designs
Dutch Paper Crafts
Creative Pals
 
Jan 2024 Zoom Required Dies
Feb 2024 Virtual Required Dies
 

Stay tuned for lots of ideas this week!

Happy Crafting!

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Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 75: What's Cooking?

Welcome to our 75th monthly Designer Challenge with a theme of WHAT'S COOKING? I challenged the team to use our Oven Pop-up die set in a card for any theme. As usual, they've made spectacular creations!

For my card and video I wanted to show how to extend the base cabinets and counters to fill a 5x7 card. My card has a Christmas cookies theme but this technique would work well year-round.

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Learn how I made this card by watching the full video here:

My card measures 7" wide by 5" tall when closed and can be mailed in an A7 envelope. The front of the card features shapes cut with the Rectangles and Labels - Crosshatch die set and then filled it with elements from the Oven Pop-up (cookies and oven mitt), Oven Extras (mixer) and Fireplace Extras 1 (swag, holly leaves and berries).

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Open the card to reveal the expanded kitchen, with extra cabinets and counter space to the right of the oven. The pop-up and counter decorations all came from the Oven Pop-up and Oven Extras die sets. The back wall decoration features elements from Oven Extras, Fireplace Extras 1 and Fireplace Extras 2. For a custom greeting I combined words from four sets: Word Set 2, Word Set 3, Word Set 17 and You're Sweet.

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Open the oven to reveal a double oven rack with a sheet of cookies baking on the upper rack. The Santa face that is framed on the shelf is from a piece of patterned paper.

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Here's the assembly video for the Oven and Oven Extras sets when you want to assemble without extending:

The patterned papers are from my stash. All of the specialty mirror and glitter papers are from The Paper Cut. Here are the other supplies used on my card:


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Time to check out the wonderful WHAT'S COOKING? inspiration from our 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 is back this month with a wonderful Christmas kitchen card with a shiny red oven and hood. Be sure to click over to Fran's blog to see the delightful card front, featuring the Baking Charms. Love this!

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Frances Byrne has a gnome chef cooking a feast on this beautiful Christmas card. I love how she animated the gnome using the smaller Bam Box and has the turkey in the oven. (I can almost smell it!) What a wonderful mix of dies and papers.

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Lois Bak incorporated a pull-out pocket on her card for a gingerbread recipe! How clever! I love how she styled her cozy kitchen with festive lights on the wall and a sideways upper cabinet over the hood. Click over to Lois's blog to see the gorgeous wreath she created on the front of this card.

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Sandy Diller incorporated the perfect greeting into her oven card - "If you want breakfast in bed, sleep in the kitchen!" Sandy cleverly repurposed a lid from the Coffee Charms into a cloche for breakfast. I love the mod colors on this card!

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Suzanne Smit made an adorable pink kitchen but then let the cat in - whoops! I love all of the elements of this funny and sweet card, including the culprit animated with a Bam Box and all of the splatters and mess. This is also a great example of how the Oven makes a great birthday card for anyone, even those who don't cook!

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Nicky Foden created a wonderful expanded country kitchen. She has a full photo tutorial for this card, including her method for extending the cabinetry. I love all the details, including the highlighting of the greenery and the broken eggs on the counter. Perfection!

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Jen Webster created a feast for the eyes with her vintage kitchen birthday card. The details are incredible! She used internet clip art for the Felix clock and researched macrame knots to make the wall hanging. I love how she created vintage stoneware and used bar handles on the lower cabinets. The details on this card are incredible!

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Sue Small-Kreider made a farmhouse kitchen card to celebrate Pi Day (March 14th) and the details are incredible! She has a photo tutorial for some of the elements, including her clever Bam Box island and the rolling pin made from repurposed dies. Absolutely wonderful!

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Well we hope you're inspired to do some paper cooking of your own. Join us next month on Wednesday, December 6th when the team and I will tackle a challenge called NAUGHTY OR NICE featuring a stocking. 

After waning interest we have suspended Mission Poppable challenges and are working up a new way to celebrate your creations for 2024.

Happy Crafting!

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