Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 18 - Love, sweet love!

Happy February!

Our newest release is in stock and shipping! If you missed the preview video of the 18 new dies you'll find it here: January 2019 Release Preview Video.

The theme for this month's challenge is Love, sweet love, in which I challenged the team to make love-themed cards that also incorporate chocolate. You'll find amazing cards by the team at the bottom of this post with links to their blog posts.

For my card and video I wanted to show the Rockin' Rectangle Pop-up die set being used to lift the lid off of a box of chocolates. A clear card front allows the recipient to see the box "closed" and then open the card to lift the lid. Watch the video tutorial to learn how to make it:

This card measures 5" x 5" in the closed position so it can be mailed in an A7 envelope. Because of the bulky ribbon, I would suggest adding the extra ounce stamp (only 15 cents more) just to make sure. The heart border on the card front was made using the Border Blends - Argyle die set, blending the thin wavy border with the diamond press dot border to create the heart-shaped border.

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As the card opens the lid starts to rise up and move to the right, while the chocolate box slides to the left. 

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Once open the box lid is up in the air and the entire box of chocolates is revealed. To make the heart-shaped chocolates I die cut the decorator hearts from the Heart Pivot Panels die set, embossed them with clear powder, and then stacked them double for thickness. They sit on liners created with the smallest rectangle die in the Rockin' Rectangle set, die cut from thin white cardstock and then crimped with a tube crimper.

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Want to make your own "unboxing" card? Here are the links for the dies and other products used in the video. The red gingham paper is an older design from Pebbles: 733479 Bougainvillea. Cardstock colors are brown, maroon, red and white. You might also check for the dies at your local store. We shipped store pre-orders first so they may have already arrived in your area.

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Let's see how our talented international design team interpreted the Love, sweet love challenge. In each case, their name will link to their personal blog post, where you will find more photos, supply lists, tips, tricks and sometimes even videos. So click away for inspiration galore!

Fran Sabad has been creating amazing Ice Cream Sundae Pop-up cards and this is no exception. Look at all those fun details, including little faces on the ice cream scoops! I love how she used the Border Blends Party set, too. Adorable!

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Sandy Diller combined the Heart Pivot Panels, Circle Tag Book and gorgeous patterned papers for this vibrant Valentine. The Border Blends Party set works perfectly as an accent.

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Irene Mendes created a beautiful card dedicated to her and her husband's love of coffee and chocolate. This is a great mix of stamps and dies on a Rockin' Rectangle window card. I love the dripping chocolate!

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Kelly Booth has such skills with coloring stamped images and this delicious cookie bouquet card is no exception! I love her choice of a two-tone red Woven Basket Box Card and the extra touches, like a ribbon bow tucked into the arrangement and the XOXO greeting perched on top. 

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Frances Byrne always creates the perfect mix of stamps and dies and this month's creation is no exception. She used the new Heart Pivot Panels die set for this monster chocolate card. Adorable!

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Karen Aicken created this absolutely adorable Upsy Daisy Pop-up card featuring owls holding big donuts and I am ALL.FOR.IT! So many amazing details on this card.

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Lois Bak combined the Woven Basket Box Card with decorator dies from the Ice Cream Sundae Pop-up for this Valentine extraordinaire! What a wonderfully sweet combination!

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Summer Hills-Painter created this love-filled Valentine using the Circle Tag Book, Word Set 9 and a decorator rectangle from the Rockin' Rectangle Pop-up. The chocolate kisses work perfectly for the theme!

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Helen Cryer created this scrumptious Ice Cream Sundae Card with colors that make a great masculine card as well. I adore the bunting and the burlap elements.

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This was one of my favorite challenges yet! The team made such decadent cards and really showed off the possibilities with the new release. Join us next month on March 6, 2019 for a Designer Challenge theme of TINY ACCESSORIES. We will be featuring Tiny Accessories 1 and Tiny Accessories 2 in our cards.

Happy Crafting!

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Class Projects - Scrapp'n Savvy January 2019

On Wednesday I'll be teaching at Scrapp'n Savvy with our brand new release. Both class sessions are sold out, but I do teach at Scrapp'n Savvy once a quarter, so check the teaching events portion of our monthly newsletter for dates.

Everything in the kits is pre-cut so we only have to focus on assembly and you will not need to use your included die set, the Rockin' Rectangle Pop-up in class.

That's the good news.

The bad news is that the shipment of new dies is still en route to Kansas and will not arrive to Texas in time for class. We're very sorry. So we'll need you to pick up your Rockin' Rectangle die set next week from the store and if that's inconvenient we will mail it to you. The trunk show will go on as normal with our other 73 dies being available to purchase and take home and the 18 new ones can be purchased with the class-day special and then picked up next week.

So let's look at what you'll be making.

Our first card features the Rockin' Rectangle Pop-up, the new Feathered Animals (turkey), Spring Animals (chick) and Tiny Accessories 2 (outfits). This is a fun "hello" card to send to a girlfriend. The little pieces to make the animals are small. You'll definitely want your fine glue and a pair of tweezers or a quick stick. The purses have brads, so bring a paper piercer.

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Our second card is a beautiful "thanks" bouquet using our new Woven Basket Box Card die set and a greeting from Word Set 1. Many thanks to Fran Sabad for giving me permission to teach a card heavily inspired by one of hers. Once again you'll want your fine glue for assembly and if you like sparkly flower centers, bring your Wink of Stella glitter pen or some Stickles.

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Our final card will be a Heart Pivot Panels card that you can use as a Valentine or as an anytime card for someone you love. It is accessorized with our new Word Set 9 - Love and our Crosshatch Rectangles. Once again you'll want your fine glue and a paper piercer for the brads.

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Here are the class supplies you'll need:

  • Scissors
  • All manner of adhesives including tape runner, glue capable of a fine line, thin double-sided tape (1/4" is good), miniature glue dots and pop dots.
  • Paper piercer
  • Tweezers or Quik Stick for placing small pieces
  • Print out the pictures from this blog post OR save them to your phone or tablet for reference during class.
  • Optional extras - Wink of Stella (or similar) glitter pen, Inks for edges (a little brown on the turkey looks nice!), ball stylus and a piece of fun foam for shaping flowers if that's your thing

And one last thing - I have to extend a HUGE thank you to Becky Morehead for spending Saturday at my house helping me cut kits. The pieces really add up when you're teaching entirely with die cuts - something that I will often discover AFTER the design phase, when I start writing down exactly what needs to be cut for each card. GULP!

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January 2019 Sneak Peeks - Oval Frames Pop-up

Happy Wednesday!

Our January release is now available for pre-order with shipping starting January 31st in the order received. I'm working on assembly videos for the new dies and sharing them here on my blog as I finish them.

To see some great inspiration using these new dies you can check out the blogs of our talented design team (clickable links in the left sidebar). 

Today's post is introducing the Oval Frames Pop-up die set.

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The Oval Frames Pop-up is a great all-purpose generic die set with a lot of possibilities. While the oval shape is perfect for Easter-themed cards, it is very generic and will work for any occasion, any theme. It creates a 4-panel pop-up in a side fold card, making a great display piece. Learn the assembly in this video:

For the video card I used the drop down assembly and decorated with a heart tree and butterfly scene. The heart tree, ovals, grass and rolling hills come included in the set. The butterfly is a charm from the Charm Accordion set. The hello greeting is from Word Set 1. On the front of the card I added a Crosshatch Rectangle. This card measures 5" x 5" when closed.

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The card on the packaging measures 4.5" x 6" when closed and also features the drop down assembly method. I added the clouds and background hills from the Outdoor Scene die set, plus a greeting from Word Set 9 - Love and the bunny from the Spring Animals die set.

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I will also be creating assembly videos for the new charm sets and the animal sets. Look for those over the next week or so. If you missed the summary video of the release, here it is:


January 2019 Sneak Peek Week - Border Blends

Happy Tuesday! 

Our January release is now available for pre-order on our website. Last week I started sharing the assembly videos for the new dies and have another one to share today.

As you look for inspiration for the new release, be sure to check out the blogs of our talented design team. (clickable links in the left sidebar

These are the Border Blends dies - Argyle and Party. Each set comes with three individual dies to cut positive space borders, but then they feature a tab and notch system that also allows the dies to be combined to make various combinations using the negative spaces.

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Learn how these clever dies work by watching the assembly video:

Here's a card featuring the Party set and our Ice Cream Sundae Pop-up, along with the new You're Sweet! word die.

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For this Heart Pivot Panels card, I used the Argyle Border Blends.

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Check back tomorrow for another assembly video of our new release. If you missed the summary video of the release, here it is:


January 2019 Sneak Peek Week - Rockin' Rectangle Pop-up

Happy Saturday!

This week we are showing ideas for our upcoming January release, which will show up on our website for pre-order on Monday, January 21, 2019 with shipping starting January 31st.

You will find some great ideas from our talented design team (clickable links in the left sidebar) on their own blogs. On my blog this week I'll be sharing the assembly videos for the new dies to help people understand how they work.

Today's post is introducing the Rockin' Rectangle Pop-up. (All new release die links will start working on January 21st)

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The Rockin' Rectangle Pop-up is a fabulous generic pop-up die set. It makes great window cards, although of course you can use it without a window for a pop-up surprise inside the card. Opening the card will cause the rectangle to lift up, out, and rock as the card opens and closes. All of the decorator pieces are generic  Learn the assembly by watching this video:

For the video card I made a "hello" card featuring two fancy feathered friends. The chick is from the Spring Animals and the turkey from the Feathered Animals and the pillbox hat, glasses, pearls and purses came from Tiny Acessories 2. The script word is from Word Set 6 - Summer and the rest of the greeting is computer generated. The edge at the top of the grass was made by slipping the rectangle through a border die in the Border Blends - Argyle set and cutting just one edge. The sequins are made using a die in the Rockin' Rectangle set.

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You can also assemble the Rockin' Rectangle in a horizontal card with or without a window. For this sample I used the Garden Charms, Nature Edges and Rectangles - Crosshatch.

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For the packaging sample I created a graduation card with the owl from the Feathered Animals, graduation cap and diploma from Tiny Accessories 2, and greetings from Word Set 8 - Congrats.

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Check back tomorrow for another assembly video of our new release. If you missed the summary video of the release, here it is:


January 2019 Sneak Peek Week - Ice Cream Sundae Pop-up

Happy Friday!

This week we are showing ideas for our upcoming January release, which will show up on our website for pre-order on Monday, January 21, 2019 with shipping starting January 31st.

You will find some great ideas from our talented design team (clickable links in the left sidebar) on their own blogs. On my blog this week I'll be sharing the assembly videos for the new dies to help people understand how they work.

Today's post is introducing the Ice Cream Sundae Pop-up. (All new release die links will start working on January 21st)

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The Ice Cream Sundae Pop-up came at the specific request of Corinna, who handles our social media and customer service. It was the perfect suggestion for a specific themed pop-up that could be offered at a very affordable price. (Thanks, C!) Despite having 9 individual dies that combine to make an impressive and substantial pop-up, the actual footprint of the die set is small, meaning we are able to offer it at the lowest price of any of our pop-ups to date. If you've been considering getting started with our pop-up dies this might be the perfect first choice - a die set that has a specific theme, but yet works for many occasions, includes decorator dies that can be used independently and all at a price that you'd associate with a decorator set.  Learn the assembly by watching this video:

For the video card I've added our new Border Blends - Party die set, You're Sweet sentiment greeting, and our Circles- Crosshatch.

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For the packaging samples I used the same combination of dies, except using the Squares - Crosshatch instead of the circles.

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Check back tomorrow for another assembly video of our new release. If you missed the summary video of the release, here it is:


January 2019 Sneak Peek Week - Circle Tag Book Pop-up

Happy Thursday!

This week we are showing ideas for our upcoming January release, which will show up on our website for pre-order on Monday, January 21, 2019 with shipping starting January 31st.

You will find some great ideas from our talented design team (clickable links in the left sidebar) on their own blogs. On my blog this week I'll be sharing the assembly videos for the new dies to help people understand how they work.

Today's post is introducing the Circle Tag Book Pop-up. (All new release die links will start working on January 21st)

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The Circle Tag Book Pop-up is a new version of our best-selling Tag Book Pop-up. We wanted to give a second option for this popular mechanism. For the new die set, the tag itself measures 3.25" x 5" (versus the 3" x 6" tag in the Tag Book set) meaning the completed card will mail in an A2 envelope. It also features pop-up circles instead of a square/tag combo on the pop-up. The pop-up circles each measure 2.25" in diameter, making them the perfect size to highlight any of our Charm Die Sets or to showcase stamped images. Learn how to assemble the die by watching the assembly video:

The card I make in the video incorporates a few other dies, including the Get Well Charms, Word Set 9 - Love, and Word Set 2 - Birthday. The rest of the decorator pieces on this card come included in the Circle Tag Book die set, including the circles, rings, borders, banners and hole protectors. 

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For this baby-themed Circle Tag Book I incorporated the Baby Charms and "sweet" from You're Sweet
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For the card featured on the packaging, I used the Garden Charms

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The Circle Tag Book Pop-up coordinates well with our Pivot Panels die sets as well. Overall it is just a great all around generic pop-up with tons of possibilities.

Check back tomorrow for another assembly video of our new release. If you missed the summary video of the release, here it is:


January 2019 Sneak Peek Week - Woven Basket Box Card

Happy Wednesday!

This week we are showing ideas for our upcoming January release, which will show up on our website for pre-order on Monday, January 21, 2019 with shipping starting January 31st.

You will find some great ideas from our talented design team (clickable links in the left sidebar) on their own blogs. On my blog this week I'll be sharing the assembly videos for the new dies to help people understand how they work.

Today's post is introducing the Woven Basket Box Card. (All new release die links will start working on January 21st)

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The Woven Basket Box Card checks off two common requests  from fans of the brand - a standalone box card die set and a new version of the cute tiny woven basket from a now-retired Props set. This die set does both. It features tapered sides, a woven texture, rope handles and grassy crossbars. Everything is very user-friendly, as you will see in this assembly video:

This die does differ from our Flower Pot Pop-up die set. The Flower Pot is smaller and is designed to be installed inside a card. The Woven Basket is meant to be a standalone card that you flatten and mail. However, if you own both sets, you'll be able to mix and match the decorator pieces (flowers & vines) between the two sets and they do not duplicate. This card uses our new Happy Spring script die for the greeting.

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As always, you choose your colors, styling and theme. Our script word dies work really well with the basket, either suspended in the bouquet or attached to the front. If you want to add a place to sign the card, simply add a shape to the back panel or tie a tag to the handle. 

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For this masculine version, I didn't use the flowers or vines that come in the set and instead turned to the Outdoor Scene, the decorator trees from the Evergreen Pivot Panels, and our Camping Charms. The greeting is from Word Set 2 - Birthday.

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The Woven Basket Box Card flattens for mailing (I recommend an A7 envelope) and then becomes a beautiful display piece. It's so versatile - you can fill the basket with anything, for any season, any theme.

Check back tomorrow for another assembly video of our new release. If you missed the summary video of the release, here it is:


Karen Burniston January 2019 Release Sneak Peeks

In just two short weeks we will have 18 new die sets available at KarenBurniston.com and at many of your favorite local and online retailers.

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Check them out in this preview video:

This is a SNEAK PEEK blog post, so you won't be able to order these dies from our website until they are opened up for pre-order on January 21, 2019 with shipping starting on January 31, 2019. However, we are taking store pre-orders starting later today, so if you have a local store in your area, please encourage them to log into their KarenBurniston.com wholesale account and order this new release. It's so important that we support our local stores whenever possible. 

I am plugging away on assembly videos and will be uploading them over the next two weeks as I complete them. The Design Team has been making AMAZING cards with the dies and they are free to start posting their cards on their blogs today, so definitely check out those blogs (there's a clickable list in the sidebar at left) and I also suggest "liking" our Facebook Page. Also feel free to join our super fun Facebook group, the Karen Burniston Pop-up Peeps, where you can share your creations using our dies as well as connect with other enthusiasts.

I love this release and am looking forward to sharing lots of ideas!

Happy Crafting,

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Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 17 - Try Something New!

Happy 2019, fellow crafters!

To ring in the New Year our first Designer Challenge has a theme of NEW! This challenge centers on trying out a new technique or a new style or a new purchase. The team has created fabulous inspiration as always.

For my card and video I combined three "new" things - a NEW die assembly idea for the Frame Pull Pop-up to convert it into a waterfall card, a NEW (to me) stamp set from Visible Image of the Cheshire Cat, and some brand NEW cutting pads, which I'm sure will please those of you who cringe constantly seeing the well-used ones in the videos every month.

In my defense - I am like everyone else - I use cutting pads until they break.

And then I keep the broken pieces because they work so well for small dies. 

I may have a problem.

Anywhoooooo - here's the video.

This is a postcard-style card measuring A2-size (4.25" x 5.5"). To color the Cheshire Cat I stamped it with Ranger Archival black ink onto white cardstock and then used Prismacolor pencils in these shades - Pinks (PC993, PC994, PC1014) and then PC1018 for the inner ears. Purples (PC932, PC956, PC1008). Yellows (PC1011,PC1003) and White PC938. I copied the packaging image as best I could, although I am the first to admit that my coloring skills could benefit from some practice and professional instruction!

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Pull the tab to flip to the next set of panels. In this one, the greeting begins as the cat fades. The bird and hearts are dies that come included in the Frame Pull set. I cut them from black cardstock and colored with the same pencils, leaving a black edge to make them tie in better with the stamped images.

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Keep pulling to reveal the third scene. Now the cat is just a head, the bird has turned around (in keeping with the greeting) and the rest of the greeting is revealed.

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One last pull to reveal the final scene. The cat is now just a floating face spouting his signature phrase: "We're all Mad Here!" I meant to use a purple colored pencil between the nose and the eye, where I left a little bridge of paper while fussy cutting. I figured it would disguise my cheat. But then I forgot to do it! (We're all mad here!)

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For the back of the card I added a panel of white cardstock. The "welcome" word from Word Set 7 is inlaid into the white panel, but would look just as good layered on top.

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Here are links to the products used on my card.


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Let's see how our talented international design team interpreted the NEW challenge. In each case, their name will link to their personal blog post, where you will find more photos, supply lists, tips, tricks and sometimes even videos. So click away for inspiration galore!

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