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Monday Memories - Pop-up Ball Die

Happy Monday everyone!

OK, I see that my last blog post stirred up some feelings and I definitely appreciate everyone's support and excitement about my new venture starting January 2014 with Elizabeth Craft Designs. Please know that even if I didn't get a chance to answer your comment personally (I started, but I need 150 kits done by Thursday. Eeek!) that I definitely read them all and appreciate you tremendously.

Speaking of appreciation, I choose to focus on the positive - there are a ton of talented people in our industry and most of them don't get the opportunity to spend five years having their designs produced by a major well-known company like Ellison. I have had the opportunity to have my product sold alongside dies created by these amazing designers. Many of these designers are my friends. Lynda Kanase designed my logo. I had lunch with Eileen Hull just yesterday. Cheri Kimball, in sales, will be a forever friend. 

The best way I can show my appreciation for a five-year investment in me and my designs is just to accept their decision with grace and to move forward positively. 

For example, remember the Pop-up Ball die? It was sold first on QVC and promoted by none other than Lisa Bearnson. You can read that funny story here: Lisa Bearnson Rocks, yo!

In addition, the Ball was sold by Stampin' Up! for a year. 

US residents, you can still get the Pop-up Ball die, a $40 value, on clearance from Sizzix for $21.99. You'll need 3 #16 rubber bands to put it together. Here are some of my projects over the years, including the infamous Butterfly Page:

Baseball Card

Bowling Invite SU

Butterfly Page

Chinese Dinner Invitation

Emma Album cover

Game Night Card Monster Ball Card Owen SS Invite

SU Soccer Ball

SU Caramel Apple Halloween Card

Summer Fun Pool Invite Little birdie

If you have a sharp eye for dates, you may notice that this next project preceded the die's release date. That's because I used to design and teach classes using templates that you had to cut and score by hand! Thank-you, Sizzix, for converting some of the more elaborate templates into dies. We love it when our craft knives have a healthy layer of dust on them because a die has made our crafting easier!


Here's the wonderful thing about dies - they don't wear out! If you purchase the Pop-up Ball die, for example, you will always be able to make these fun pop-up balls, long after the die becomes a collector's item. (Heh)

I think you might be able to watch a video on assembling the ball die on the Sizzix site, but I don't quite remember. So here are some step-by-step photo instructions:

Pocket Ball instructions

I'll leave you today with a fun "selfie" that Els and I took in Colorado last month. I hope that you will give me the chance to earn your business with my new dies next year. They will be fun, dynamic, simple to assemble and coordinated - everything you've come to expect from my brand.

Make sure you follow us both on Facebook so you don't miss any sneak peeks! Here are the links: Karen Burniston, Designer and Elizabeth Craft Designs


One last thing, don't forget, US Residents, that you have until November 12, 2013 to enter the Pop 'n Cuts Giveaway being offered on Gretchen's Blog. Here's the link: Pop 'n Cuts Giveaway