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February 2017

VIDEO - Love & Hearts Flower Pot Pop Stand (Giveaway!)

Happy Monday!

I mentioned on Social Media that I recently achieved a goal of 25,000 YouTube subscribers! Whoo hoo! Thanks, all. At the end of this post are details about a Giveaway.

To celebrate, here's a new video tutorial for combining the Flower Pot Pop Stand die set plus the Heart Pivot Card decorator dies to make a pop-up heart-filled flower pot with extra pop-up hearts attached to the front of the flower pot.

The patterned papers I used are older designs from My Mind's Eye from "The Sweetest Thing" collection, but any patterned papers could be used in this design. The card measures 5" x 6" in the closed position and can be mailed in an A7 (5x7) envelope. The front decoration features an embossed border strip (Stampin' Up! embossing folder), two hearts from the Heart Pivot Card set with vines from the Flower Pot Pop Stand set, and a metal key from my stash.


As the card is opened the flower pot starts to raise and expand.


Once open, the pop-up sculpture is revealed, including extra heart pop-ups built on the front of the pot so they, too, will pop-up. The "love" is an older script die (Stampin' Up!) from my stash.


The video shows a technique for cutting notches in the small hearts to be able to make the interlocking hearts to go in the flower pot. 


This side view shows the "feet" that I added to the back of the large decorator hearts to turn them into pop-up hearts for the front of the flower pot. This technique is explained in the video. 


This card would be suitable for many occasions, including Valentines Day, Anniversary, Mother's Day, Birthday, Thanks, Love and Thinking of You. 

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment on this post to be entered into a random drawing to win the two dies featured in the video - Flower Pot Pop Stand and Heart Pivot Card. Leave your comment by the end of the week, Friday, February 3, 2017 at 5 pm CST. The winner will be chosen by random number generator and dies will be sent out as soon as we can connect by e-mail to get your mailing address. 

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Happy 2017!

I know, I know. You've probably noticed a few changes, most notably the lack of Designer Challenges and no sneak peeks or hints from me about new products.

After three years of licensing Pop it Ups dies, stamps, folders and stencils to Elizabeth Craft Designs, the contract is up and we've mutually decided not to renew. This means there won't be any new Pop it Ups collections with Elizabeth Craft Designs, but existing products will be available, inventory-permitting, throughout 2017.

I've been designing and licensing craft products for fifteen years and have been blessed to work with many companies. I've designed and licensed hundreds of products. Before product design, I worked in the creative side of the industry, including design team work, magazine and idea books and freelance teaching at events throughout the world.

My goal when I turned my crafting hobby into a career was to earn enough to fund my kids' college accounts. John and I put ourselves through school on scholarships, grants and loans. I remember the day, 10 years after graduating, when we paid off our last loan. John's mother framed the payoff stub for us and we hung it on the wall. When our twins were born 18 years ago we made the decision that, if we could, and with provisions for their contributions of hard work and decent grades, we would pay for our kids' college educations. We met that goal and their college accounts are fully funded. Yay!

Now don't worry. I didn't tell this story to announce my retirement or anything. Perish the thought! I love creating with paper and now that my kids are young adults and starting their own journeys, I'll have even more time to devote to it. 

No, I tell this story to explain why, when it became obvious that my journey with Elizabeth Craft Designs was ending, I didn't feel the need to immediately pursue a replacement licensing deal, as I've done in the past. To explain why I chose instead to take my time and weigh several options of where to best focus my particular set of skills in this ever-changing industry.

What's next for me is in development, but there is something coming and it will be great! 

During this transition period, I won't have work for a Design Team, so there is no longer an official Karen Burniston Designer Challenge Team. After years of working together, though, we've become such good friends that we've formed our own little club and are considering putting together regular challenges just for fun. You'll see in the sidebar that my former team members are now linked as "Super Talented Designer Friends" and I encourage you to bookmark their blogs so you can keep up with their crafty endeavors. There aren't enough words to properly praise and thank them for their years of friendship, talents and support. Thank you SO much to Shelly, Raquel, Kelly, Karen, Fran, Frances, Summer, Caz, Sandy, Donna and Helen. I also must thank all of my readers, viewers, students and fans who have supported this passion I have for interactive paper crafting. 

While I work on what's next, I'm going to continue to enjoy creating YouTube videos and tutorials for my blog. I'll continue to post on my Karen Burniston Designer Facebook Page with links to projects made using my products. I'll continue to teach at stores in South Texas (next class is at Scrapp'n Savvy in March) and I'll be attending the Creativation show next week in Phoenix to walk the show with my friends and to celebrate, gratefully, the blessings that this creative industry has provided.

Much love,

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