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Karen Burniston January 2022 Release Blog Hop

Welcome to our Karen Burniston Products - KB Riley LLC November Release Blog Hop. The Design Team and I have come together today for a fun blog hop to celebrate the release of 9 new dies. Sneak peeks of the new release started last week, and the dies are available to order NOW!


This release includes:
• 2 new Slimline-friendly Pop-up Die Sets -Heart Collage Pop-Up; Mailbox Pop-up
• 2 new Collage Add-Ons Die Sets - Balloons Collage Add-Ons; Butterfly Collage Add-Ons
• 1 new Crosshatch Die Set - Hearts - Crosshatch
• 1 new Animals die set - Monkey and Lion
• 1 new Charms die set - Good Luck Charms
• 2 new sentiment sets - Sending Love; Happy St. Patrick's Day
Dies are available to order now on the website.
For my card and video I'm sharing the assembly video for the new Heart Collage Pop-up. This new set is a slimline-friendly small version of the four-armed spinner that you may recognize from the Photo Collage Pop-up. The Heart Collage Pop-up is designed for top-fold cards and the miniature size is perfect for smaller cards and shape collages. Learn the assembly by watching this video:
I made a top fold slimline card in the video measuring 8.5" x 3.5" when closed. Our Long Rectangles - Crosshatch die set cuts the perfect decorative rectangles to fit. The front features decorator hearts from the Heart Collage Pop-up set plus our Word Set 14 - Hugs set for "Sending a Smile."
As the card opens the mechanism starts to spin and pop-up. 
Once open the collage reveals an explosion of hearts. I chose to offset the collage to the left side of the card, leaving me space on the right for the Hello greeting and some layered Crosshatch Hearts as a place to sign the card.
To celebrate the release Karen Burniston (that's me!) 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, January 31st 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

Lois Bak 

Karen Aicken

Frances Byrne

Kelly Booth

Fran Sabad

Sandy Diller

NOTE: Amazon links are affiliate links where I receive a small commission on the sale at no cost to you. 


Karen Burniston Die 1192 Mailbox Pop-up Assembly Video

Hey all! We have a new release that is shipping immediately to stores and will be available on our website starting Monday, January 24, 2022. Today I'm sharing the assembly video for the new Mailbox Pop-up die set.


Learn how to assemble this die set by watching this video:

This die set includes a double spinner to allow the flag to raise and the door to lower as the card is opened. It is also a slimline-friendly die, fitting nicely in a 3.5" wide card, but can be used in larger cards as well. The post is a stamping die, adding a woodgrain design to the post when coated with ink before die cutting. And the die set includes a tiny working envelope.

For the video card I used our Nature Edges die set to create the cloudy background and grass. The greeting is our new Sending Love die set and the large hearts are from our Hearts-Crosshatch set. 


Product links for the dies are below. NOTE: the links to the brand new dies will not start working until Monday, January 24, 2022.

Sneak Peek - Karen Burniston January 2022 Release

Today we are starting a week of sneak peeks for our January 2022 release. We have nine 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,, starting January 24, 2022.


Learn about these dies by watching the preview video here:


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.

If you're looking for the other dies featured in the video they are here: Photo Collage Pop-up, Nature Edges, Tiny Gnomes.

Next Monday we will have a blog hop that includes prizes for leaving comments. 

Stay tuned for lots of ideas and videos this week!

Happy Crafting!

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Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 53: Birthday Cake!

Welcome to our January Designer Challenge with a theme of "Birthday Cake." I challenged the team to create a birthday card featuring cake or cupcakes. (Donuts are also acceptable!)

For my project and video I'm teaching how to double and shorten the Twist Panel Pop-up die set to fit in a slimline card.


This is a technique that I first taught as a Zoom class in 2021 and then received requests to create a YouTube tutorial. Learn the technique by watching the video here:

My card measures 8.5" x 3.5" when closed. I took full advantage of the patterned paper, an older design (Abstract Moments) by Vicki Boutin for American Crafts, to fill and decorate the majority of the card. I used our Crosshatch Long Rectangles and Crosshatch Circles and then added streamers cut from our Border Blends - Trims set. The slice of cake is from the Big Birthday Charms and the heart is included in the Twist Panel Pop-up die set.

Double Twist Panel Birthday Front

As the card opens the two Twist Panel mechanisms start to twist and open. The Happy Birthday greeting and the rectangle for signing the card are placed strategically to avoid creating catch points for the mechanisms.

Double Twist Panel Birthday Partial

Once open, the two panel sets are popped up and decorated with the Big Birthday Charms. The borders are from the Border Blends - Trims set.

Double Twist Panel Birthday Open

Ready to give this technique a try? Here are links to the dies and supplies used in the video. The papers are from my stash - American Crafts and Echo Park. Cardstock is My Colors.

NOTE: Amazon links are affiliate links where I receive a small commission on the sale at no cost to you. 

Now let's take a look at the awesome BIRTHDAY CAKE cards created by our talented design team. For each of these cards there is a full blog post, supply list and, for some of the cards, a video as well. Click the designer's name to visit the blog post, which will open in a new window.

Karen Aicken created an absolutely marvelous Coffee and Cake birthday card. The papers are so bright and happy. The Coffee Cup Pop-up is further embellished with a peeking cupcake and big Happy Birthday greeting. Click over to Karen's blog to see the card front. Stunning!


Sandy Diller cleverly repurposed the Flower Pivot Panels die set to hold her HB2U birthday greeting. I love the way she made a circle-edged card using the Crosshatch Circles die set and the addition of the Big Birthday Charms. Click over to Sandy's blog to see the card front. Super!


Lois Bak made a lovely Circle Tag Book for the challenge with little cupcakes from our original Birthday Charms die set. I love how Lois used the rickrack borders throughout the background and her pops of black. Click over to Lois's blog for a look at the card front with a great tip for how she created it. I also love how she used the cherries from our Tree Fruit die set on the cupcakes. Pretty in pink!

Cupcake Tag Book inside

Frances Byrne created a bright and lively Cupcake Pop-up card and also incorporated the new birthday candle from the Big Birthday Charms. This is really the perfect showcase of our brand philosophy to create timeless staple dies with new exciting decorator combinations to give them fresh looks. I love the colors Frances used for this card!


Fran Sabad followed a video tutorial I created for Designer Challenge 9 to make a side fold Cupcake Pop-up window card. I love how Fran was able to incorporate our newest dies for a fresh amped-up version of the card, adding extra pop-up balloons animated with our Mini Pops Pop-up die set. Love it!


Kelly Booth used our Cake Pop-up die set to make a lovely teal birthday card. I love how she incorporated the new Crosshatch Labels and added pops of yellow to the design. Click over to her blog to see the equally fabulous card front.

KB Birthday Cake 1

Kelly Booth mentioned that once she has a die set out, she'll often make multiple cards, especially for birthday cards. She created two additional Cake Pop-up Cards and while all of her cards follow the same basic measurements and layout, they each have their own personality by swapping out papers and embellishments. Amazing!

KB Birthday Cake 2 KB Birthday Cake 3

Have you had a chance to check out my business partner Tanya Kostynuk's creative ideas on the Stamp and Scrapbook Expo's virtual @home events? She's been showing fabulous projects using our dies. Here is her latest, which works perfectly for the Birthday Cake theme, so I had to include it for the challenge. Tanya has combined the Cupcake Pop-up with Border Blends - Trims, Big Birthday Charms, Crosshatch Ovals, Happy Birthday and Happy Birthday Shadow. You can watch Tanya explain the ease of this card's assembly on Saturday, January 15, 2022 on the SSBE Facebook and YouTube channels at 11:50 am, CST.

Karen Burniston Project photo Jan 15

Well I hope you feel inspired to make some birthday cake cards of your own. Join us next month on February 2, 2022 for our next Designer Challenge with a theme of MOD VALENTINE'S DAY. We'll be making Valentine's Day cards in unexpected color schemes.

We started our Mission Poppable hashtag way back on Designer Challenge 45 and have been delighted with the projects posted each month. For the December challenge our winner (by random draw) is Gail Jean, who posted several wonderful mod holiday cards using a teal color scheme.

Each challenge will bring a new mission and you have a month to complete it. You are welcome to post more than one card for the mission, which will increase your chances to win by random draw.

JAN 2022 Mission Poppable

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to make your own card following this month's challenge theme of "BIRTHDAY CAKE" Make sure your card features some sort of cake, cupcake or donut and uses our die(s) heavily. Post your card on Instagram using the hashtag #missionpoppable OR on our Facebook Group Karen Burniston Pop-up Peeps OR both. If posting in the Facebook group, please add it to the photo album for this month's challenge, which you'll find in the Media section of the group. You have until the next Designer Challenge date (February 2, 2022) to complete your mission. This message will not self-destruct because I don't know how to do that.

We will choose a winner by random draw from all the cards for a $25 credit to our website. The winner will be contacted via messenger or e-mail. 

Make sure if you're posting on the Karen Burniston Pop-up Peeps Facebook Group that you follow the rules of the group. Outside product is allowed, but not for the pop-up portion of the card. Cards posted on the group must heavily feature our brand. You can find us on Instagram @karenburnistonbrand and also my personal account @karenburniston

Happy Crafting!

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