I have some news to share.
It's been a wonderful five years of designing dies for Sizzix and Stampin' Up! and I will always be grateful for their investment in my brand.
My contract ends December 31, 2013 and Sizzix will continue to sell my dies through 2014 or until they are gone, whichever comes first. The exit contract also includes provisions for Stampin' Up! to be able to continue selling their exclusive Karen Burniston die designs until they choose to discontinue them. They added similar provisions for Michaels, Hobby Lobby and JoAnn.
I will continue to support my Sizzix brand dies, especially Pop 'n Cuts, with education, videos, blogs, Designer Challenges etc. through the rest of this year and, as time permits, through the sell-off period of 2014. (To be more clear about the term - it's the entire year of 2014 that they can sell-through) The products are my concepts, have my name on them, perform magnificently and I believe in them. Nothing about their decision shakes my faith in the products. It has been, by far, my best sales year for Sizzix.
What's next for me? In the words of "Closing Time" by Semisonic;
Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end
I'm excited about my new beginning! Take a look -
If you are attending CHA and want to be one of the first to try the new dies, (which, by the way, will be manufactured in the USA, so no lengthy out-of-stock issues!) you can register starting November 5, 2013 for my CHA workshop, to be held Sunday, January 12, 2014 from 3:00-5:00 pm:
Els is also teaching a card class, Monday, January 13, 2014 from 6:00-8:00 pm:
You can also come see us in the Elizabeth Craft Designs Booth #441, where I will be demoing the new dies throughout the show.
In other news, thank you to Gretchen, who helped set up my Facebook Fan Page back in *cough* June *cough* and I finally hit "publish". I've been using my personal Facebook account as a public account by simply posting everything as "to the public" but I'd like to reclaim that personal account for my family and non-papercrafting friends, so please "Like" my new professional Designer page here:
Facebook Page: Karen Burniston, Designer
With regards to Facebook, the Designer page is where I will be posting all the links to cards made by other people using my dies, etc. instead of posting those on my personal Facebook account.
Everything else stays the same - blog, YouTube channel, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest (links in the sidebar below my photo). On Pinterest however, if you are only following the "Karen Burniston for Sizzix" board, you'll want to follow my boards, which have the same content, instead.
You might also want to join the nearly 45,000 Facebook fans (Wow!) of Elizabeth Craft Designs here: Facebook: Elizabeth Craft Designs
Let me just wrap this up by saying a heartfelt THANK YOU to all of my blog readers, students, fans and fellow pop-up enthusiasts. I've been working in the papercrafting industry for a dozen years, and it's an industry that is constantly changing and evolving. To survive in this business you have to be willing to ride the tide, wherever it takes you.
I have truly loved my time at Sizzix. Loved it. I adore what I created with Pop 'n Cuts - my personal baby that I conceptualized, engineered and saved from being canceled before production when someone warned me an hour before the meeting of a manufacturing problem that would make them too costly to proceed. I sent in a frenzied set of revised drawings in time for that meeting and they were back on again. Fast forward a few months later and another manufacturing concern threatened a cancellation. Once again I engineered the solution and once again, they were saved. The day that they gave a final "yes" to releasing Pop 'n Cuts was one of the happiest of my career. Yes, it''s sad that there won't be new inserts, but at least I can rest assured that Pop 'n Cuts ended as a very complete collection, with 3 bases and 27 inserts and coordinating decorator dies for all of them. If you love Pop 'n Cuts as much as I do, you've got a year to collect them all. They make great Christmas presents!
When I look back on these five years I will do so with gratitude and pride. But mostly I just plan to look forward.