Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 72: Accordions

Welcome to our 72nd monthly Designer Challenge with a theme of ACCORDIONS. I challenged the team to use one of our Accordion die sets to make a card for any theme. Team members could choose our Charm Accordion, Fancy Label Accordion or Landscape Rectangle Accordion.  We also have two new Add-ons sets to fit our Landscape Rectangle Accordion - the Fence Add-ons and the Cupcake Add-ons.


For my card and video I am teaching a mixed Landscape Rectangle Accordion featuring a center Cupcake Add-ons page and two dangling cupcake charms.


Learn how I made this card by watching the full video tutorial here:

My card measures 3.5" x 6" in the closed position and it can be mailed easily in the shorter business envelope. When the card is closed the dangling cupcake charm is backed by a big decorated cupcake. The Short Rectangles - Crosshatch die set made the paper frame and inner crosshatch rectangle. I used the Circles - Crosshatch die set to make the circle frame. The cupcake charm is from our Birthday Charms die set.


When the card is opened the charms dangle in the circle openings and the center page is a row of cupcakes using the Cupcake Add-ons set.


Patterned papers are older ones from my stash. They are a mixture of Photo Play, Echo Park and some old retired Cosmo Cricket. Designer Challenge videos are not paper-specific, however, and are meant to just teach techniques and ideas that can be customized with custom colors and themes. For this card, think beyond birthday to other themes where cupcakes (could they be muffins?) would work. A celebratory or congratulations card, for instance. Combine with our Baking Charms or Coffee Charms for a different look. You'll also find great inspiration from the team below, including cupcake accordions for "you're sweet" and Christmas.

Ready to give this card a try? Here are the dies and supplies:

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Tim to check out the wonderful ACCORDION inspiration from our team. In each case you can click the designer's name to open their blog post in a new window. On their blog posts you'll find additional photos, supply lists and, in some cases, even videos!

Lois Bak made this delightful 3-page mixed accordion with the Landscape and the Fence Add-ons. I love how she added the Backyard Charms for her fairy garden and found the perfect older stamp in her stash for the sentiment. Gorgeous!

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Jen Webster made a 3-page Landscape Rectangle Accordion in a Halloween theme and I love the vibrant colors and high creep-value to the embellishments. Notice her cauldron on the third page, made using the pot and cloud from the Good Luck Charms. Wonderful!

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Suzanne Smit made a personalized 25th anniversary card using a 4-page Fancy Label Accordion and a ton of flowers from various sets. I love the classy color scheme! Suzanne also made a custom bag to present this gift. See more photos on her blog post.

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Fran Sabad made a 2-page Landscape/Fence Accordion and included the Garden Charms. Notice the perfect shading on the watering can and the fun sprinkling of rhinestones throughout the scene. Fabulous!


Sandy Diller made a 3-page mixed Landscape/Cupcake accordion in a You're Sweet theme. I love this use of the cupcakes for a general anytime theme that isn't birthday. The styling on the cupcakes is scrumptious!

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Nicky Foden made a beachtopia of a card with a 4-page Fancy Label Accordion decorated in a beach theme using a bunch of pieces from various sets. I love how she inlaid some of the spots in the polka-dot border and the relaxing scene she created. On Nicky's blog is a full photo tutorial for this card. Love it!

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Sue Small-Kreider altered the Fancy Label Accordion in a similar way as when using the Landscape add-ons but this time to create a set of reindeer and Santa's sleigh. How clever! Be sure to click to Sue's blog for a full photo tutorial of this amazing card. Such a great idea!


Frances Byrne made a gorgeous 3-page mixed Landscape/Cupcake accordion and decorated it for Christmas. This is another great way to use the cupcakes for themes other than birthday and I absolutely adore the colors and styling on this card. Holly on the cupcakes is a perfect touch. So pretty!


Well we hope you feel inspired to make a few accordions of your own . Join us next month on Wednesday, September 6, 2023 for our next Designer Challenge with a theme of  HOLIDAY HOUSE - we'll be showing off cards made our Holiday House die set for a variety of occasions.

Also be on the lookout for the Mission Poppable challenge for August. It will go up mid-month. I apologize for not putting up a Mission Poppable for July - I was sick for a couple of weeks and the month got away from me.

Happy Crafting!


Sneak Peek - Karen Burniston June 2023 Release

Today we are starting a week of sneak peeks for our June 2023 release. These nine new dies are shipping to stores this week. For those without a local store option, the dies will be available for ordering from our website, KarenBurniston.com, starting June 23, 2023.

June 2023 Products

Learn about these dies by watching the preview video here:

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KB Small Scenes Tiny Trees

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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.

This Friday we will have a blog hop that includes prizes for leaving comments and the new dies will be available for purchase from our website. 

Stay tuned for lots of ideas this week!

Happy Crafting!

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Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 60: Labels!

Welcome to our August Designer Challenge with a theme of "Labels." I challenged the team to create a card featuring a label as or on the pop-up. This is also the first Designer Challenge with our newly expanded team so you'll have supersized inspiration this month and going forward.

For my card and video I have combined the mechanisms of two of our pop-up dies; Landscape Rectangle Accordion and Little Labels Pop-up. I also used our Crosshatch Labels and the result is a card filled with labels and label frames and perfect for showcasing any of our charm sets.


Learn this technique by watching the full tutorial on YouTube here:

Because I added the large label frames to the card and didn't chop off the overhang, the card measures 4 1/8" tall by 6" long. My suggestion is an A7 envelope for mailing. The front features the "crabby" crab (pre-coffee!) styled with a frown and crabby eyebrows. The crab is from our Ocean Animals die set.


Open the card to reveal the entire scene. The Little Labels Pop-up has been altered to fit inside the fold, creating two pop-up frames perfect for dangling charms. The crab has turned happy with a mug of coffee. The greeting is one of my favorite stamps from Riley and Company.


The Coffee Charms are assembled on both the front and the back (double-sided) to look good from all angles. They are attached using 10mm metal jump rings.


Because the pop-up ended up covering two of the happy crab's legs I cut a second one and glued just the legs to the side of the pop-up. 


The papers I used are old ones from my stash. Here are supply links to the dies and supplies used in the video:

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Now let's take a look at the wonderful Labels inspiration by our talented Design Team. This is the first DC for our expanded team, so be sure to bookmark their blogs. 

Frances Byrne shows how perfectly the Little Labels Pop-up works to showcase all your favorite stamp sets. I love how she also incorporated the grass from the Long Nature Edges along the bottom of the pop-up and used the Mini Alphabet for a custom greeting. This card is Dino-mite! 


Jen Webster combines several die sets to make a gorgeous Landscape Rectangle Accordion with a scene from the garden. I just love all the layers of fun elements and her excellent coloring. This card would brighten anyone's day!

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Karen Aicken created an absolutely stunning anniversary card using the Paper Frames Pop-up. There are so many textures working seamlessly in this card, including some shiny iridescent elements. Make sure you click to Karen's blog to watch a video walk-through of this card. So pretty!

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Sue Small-Kreider has created a full photo tutorial for how she created this clever easel card using several of our die sets. The pop-up bee and hive spins as the card opens, for an exciting reveal that you can see on video if you click to Sue's blog post. Such a sunny and sweet card!

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Lois Bak created a wonderful sea-inspired Happy Birthday card featuring the Little Labels Pop-up. I love how she's mixed the Ocean and Sea Animals sets and used cute little googly eyes. I also like how she subdivided the front of the slimline card into two areas. Sometimes the long cards can be difficult to fill but this is a great tip for how to use the space. Wonderful!

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Suzanne Smit shows a wonderful feature of our Little Labels Pop-up - that you can cover the labels and have it pop up anything! In this case Suzanne made an entire Summer Camp scene and you can almost feel the cool mountain breeze and hear the rush of the river. What a gorgeous, creative card!

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Sandy Diller brought such a smile to my face with this card. It's so clever! Congratulate YourSelfie! I love how she added a label in the middle of the Photo Collage Pop-up to hold the Tiny Gnome holding a selfie stick. Plus all the little gnome selfies are precious. Make sure you click to Sandy's blog for more information, including a video tutorial. Love this so much!

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Nicky Foden created a full photo tutorial for this amazing Paper Frames Pop-up slimline birthday card. The black elements make everything "pop". (Pun intended) I also love how Nicky's stacked labels feature the inside label turned so that the curves are opposite each other. The effect is lovely. Gorgeous creation!

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Fran Sabad has a Fancy Label Accordion dedicated to summer friendship. I just love the entire scene she created by combining several dies. I love that the animals are all paired up with a bestie and that several are wearing cool shades. Fran really shows here how building a collection of our dies can make for some wonderful combinations as many of the die sets coordinate perfectly with each other. Fabulous card!


Well hopefully the team has inspired you to make some pop-up LABELS cards of your own. Join us next month on Wednesday, September 7, 2022 for our next Designer Challenge with a theme of JUST... The team will be making cards featuring greetings that start with the word "Just". We hope you will join us!

Happy Crafting!


Karen Burniston May 2022 Release Blog Hop

Welcome to our Karen Burniston Products - KB Riley LLC May Release Blog Hop. The Design Team and I have come together today for a fun blog hop to celebrate the release of 8 new dies. Sneak peeks of the new release started last week, and the dies are available to order NOW!
This release includes:
  • 1 new "Ball" Die Set - Mini Ball Pop-up
  • 2 new Add-Ons Die Sets - Mini Ball Add-ons 1 - Gnomes; Mini Ball Add-ons 2 - Monkey and Lion
  • 1 new Accordion Die Set - Landscape Rectangle Accordion
  • 1 new Crosshatch Die Set - Short Rectangles - Crosshatch
  • 1 new Charm die Set - Flutter Charms
  • 1 new Slimline Sized Die Set - Long Flap and Closure
  • 1 new Alphabet Set - Mini Alphabet and Numbers
Dies are available to order now on the website.
For my card and video I'm sharing the assembly videos for the new Landscape Rectangle Accordion and Flutter Charms.
The Landscape Rectangle Accordion measures 3.5" x 6" when folded, making it fit perfectly in the smaller business size envelopes. This is a popular size for mini slimlines. The little camera and all the small frames and rectangles come included in the die set. For a nice companion die, check out the Short Rectangles - Crosshatch, which is sized to coordinate perfectly.
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To decorate this project for Birthday, I used our Big Birthday Charms, Happy Birthday and Happy Birthday Shadow die sets.
To celebrate the release Karen Burniston 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, 23rd May 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. 
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