Just one week left until our Winter 2018 die release starts shipping. My goal is to have all of the assembly videos up before the dies ship and I'm plugging away on them. So far I've completed videos for the Royalty dies (Castle and Accessories) and the Coffee dies (Coffee Cup and Charms) See those videos below and also on the product pages linked below each video.
All of the new dies, plus a restock order of the Tag Book Pop-up will start shipping February 1, 2018. Stores around the world have already ordered, so definitely ask for these products at your local store if you are lucky enough to have one. Even if they don't carry our products now, please ask if they'll order them in for you. We make it easy for retailers with convenient online ordering and low minimums, or they can order through a distributor.
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.
Check them out in this preview video:
We have also compiled a 2018 Digital Catalog with all of our product offerings in one handy spot. Feel free to download and print your own copy to keep track of what you own and what's on your wish list!
Let's look closer at the six interactive dies in this release.
Cake Pop-up - this impressive 3-tier cake is designed for easy assembly and fits in any card A2 or larger. Included in the set are scalloped trim pieces, candles and a bride and groom. Add-on sets include Cake Trims, Happy Birthday and Numbers.
Coffee Cup Pop-up - with this pop-up coffee cup you can really impress! It includes built-in tabs to hold a standard-size gift card (optional) making it the perfect choice for teacher and thank-you gifts. Add the Coffee Charms for an excellent coordinating set.
Castle Pop-up - there are so many ways to decorate this castle. Obviously it will make great birthday cards for "Little Princess" or "Little Knight/Prince" but also for Kings and Queens. How about sand castles? Disney, Hogwarts, Game of Thrones, Queen of Hearts, Haunted castles . . . so many possibilities! Decorator sets include Happily Ever After, Princess and Mermaid, Word Set 5 - Royalty and Knight and Dragon.
Palm Tree Pop-up - this clever and versatile pop-up palm tree works great in either a side fold or top fold card. Assembly is a breeze and the included hammock can be strung between trees for impressive and oh-so-relaxing cards. Add-on sets include the Tropical Scene, Sea Animals and Princess and Mermaid.
Spinner Square Pop-up - I have a feeling that this one is going to be a "go-to" die because it's such a fun mechanism but completely generic, so you can decorate it for any theme. An arm behind the pop-up will spin out as the card is opened for maximum "wow" effect.
Fancy Label Accordion - spaced out in future releases you'll be seeing some of my best-sellers from my licensing days get a refresh and re-release. The Fancy Label Accordion is one such best-seller. I've kept the size identical to the previously-licensed version so that older frame edges will still fit. The only changes I made were to the decorator dies. Definitely consider the Fancy Flourish Frames as a great add-on set.
This is a SNEAK PEEK blog post, so you won't be able to order these dies from our website until February 1, 2018. However, we are taking store pre-orders starting 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.
Hopefully there's something for everyone in this latest release.
For this week's Paper Pros challenge the theme was set by Frances Byrne as "Tag, you're it!" and we were all instructed to incorporate a tag element into our cards.
I'd been wanting to make a Valentines version of my December challenge card, the Ribbon Tree, but with washi tape instead of ribbon. I found the perfect tube of crafting tape at Michaels a while back and have been trying to carve out the time to make the card that's been rattling around in my head.
For the tag element, I decided to turn the card into a window card with a tag-shaped vellum-frosted window that would allow the pretty washi tapes to be visible in the closed position and then stand up into a Valentine's tree as the card opens.
My card measures 4" x 4.5" in the closed position. It's just big enough to hide the Christmas Tree Pop-up when closed. I used the Tag Book Pop-up for the window, frame, greeting tag, paper clip and hearts. The front decoration is just a piece of patterned paper from my stash, beads strung on twine and wrapped around the ribbon knot, and die cut hearts from washi tape. The collapsed tree is visible through the vellum.
As the card is opened the tree starts to stand up. I used a very lightweight white cardstock (60#) for the tree so that I could add the strips of washi tape before die cutting, making it very easy to construct. Instead of the star I used hearts for the tree topper.
The card's interior is the same patterned paper, kept very simple to let the tree have all the attention.
To balance the window on the left side of the card I added the same tag shape to the right side and stamped it with a greeting from an older Stampin' Up! set called Lovely Amazing You, using my Misti to position the stamp perfectly. The paper clip is a die included in the Tag Book set.
Here's the video this card is loosely based on:
My Valentine's version uses these "stash" supplies in addition to the ones linked below:
Echo Park "Happy Days" patterned paper (retired) - Bottle Caps #HD19005
Bazzill "Pomegranate" red cardstock
Pink twine and various beads
Creative Impressions Ribbon
Stampin' Up! Lovely Amazing You stamp
My Sweet Petunia Mini MISTI stamp positioning tool
Tsukineko Versafine Tuxedo Black ink
Recollections Crafting Tape tube - Valentine's Day
It's our first Designer Challenge of the new year and I chose a suitably celebratory theme: Birthday Banners. The idea is to make a birthday card incorporating banners, bunting, pennants, or flags. The team rocked the challenge (as usual) with their clever ideas for strung decor.
For my project and video, I wanted to show an idea for using the Tag Book Pop-up a little differently by turning the pop-up squares and tags into open frames that would then highlight a scene on the big tags in the background. This allowed me to use the pop-ups primarily for hanging banners, although I also floated the "Happy Birthday" greeting. Here's the video tutorial:
I chose lots of bright saturated colors for my card, in keeping with the cheerful Birthday Banners theme. It's a costume party, where the guests chose their costumes, which are attached to wire "sticks". The clouds are made using white Nuvo crystal drops and the grass is made using the Nature Edges die set.
To float the title I attached the words from Word Set 2 to transparency pieces that are attached behind the openings to create the illusion of floating words.
Karen Burniston products from KB Riley LLC are available at independent and online retailers throughout the world and also on our website. Here are some shopping links for the items used in the video:
Let's take a look at the great Birthday Banners projects by the team. Simply click their names to open the blog post in a separate window for more details and full supply lists.
Helen Cryer is the queen of bunting so this challenge was just perfect for her masterful skills. I love the explosion of banners in this fun Katherine Label Pop-up card.
Kelly Booth is a master of coloring and it really shows in how she shaded the frosting on her scrumptious cupcakes. I love the fun whimsy of this Cupcake Pop-up birthday card with Tag Book banners decorating the background.
Fran Sabad made this floral explosion Tag Book card with bees, banners and blossoms and it's absolutely lovely. What a happy card!
Frances Byrne used the perfect mix of dies, stamps and papers for this cheerful birthday card using the Katherine Label Pop-up. The banners work so well with the diagonal stripes.
Shelly Hickox created this pretty invitation to a British Bake-off themed birthday party she's hosting for a friend. I love how she created the word "bake" for her banners by cutting apart the words in the birthday set.
Karen Aicken made this love-inspired card with a clever combination of dies. I love her use of the banners along the front of the House die's platform. And the heart tree is divine!
Summer Hills-Painter took a couple of challenges off to make a huge move from the east coast to the west coast. She's settled in and unpacked her craft supplies and wow is she back with a bang! Check out this absolutely adorable pirate-themed Tag Book project.
As a bonus, Kelly Booth made a second Birthday Banners project featuring the Charm Accordion and her amazing coloring skills. I just love the way she created the background. The Charm Accordion is such a great generic die to showcase stamps, as Kelly has done beautifully here!
Well I think this has been an excellent kick-off to another year of pop-ups! In fact, the team is particularly excited to start showing off their projects made with our Winter 2018 Release, scheduled to start shipping on February 1st. Stay tuned for sneak peeks and videos in two weeks. We'll also be back next month, on February 7, 2018, with our next Designer Challenge, featuring brand new dies, and we are royally excited about it!
Happy December and welcome to this month's Designer Challenge.
I challenged the team to make a project in the theme of "Trees, please!" where they were challenged to incorporate any of the tree dies into a holiday-themed card.
For my project, I decided to style the Christmas Tree Pop-up into a vintage tree covered in ribbons and trims. Here's the video tutorial:
The finished card measures 4.5" x 6" and can be mailed easily in an A7 envelope. The card front is styled as a simple lead-in using the same patterned papers and trims as the card's interior.
As the card opens, the tree starts to stand up.
I went stash-diving and grabbed a variety of trims and ribbons in a color family of white/cream/beige to create a vintage feel to the tree. By covering the cardstock with double-sided adhesive before die cutting the tree parts, it was easy to add the ribbons to the sticky tree parts. I also added additional trims and pearls to the tree after assembling. The snowflake is cut from glitter paper using a die from the Snowman Twist Circle set.
For a greeting, I used Word Set 3 - Holiday to add "Happy Christmas" to the card, curving the word "Christmas".
This technique is easily customizable based on the colors of trims chosen and even the theme. Wouldn't this make a pretty Valentine's tree? So many possibilities!
You can find Karen Burniston die sets at independent and online retailers throughout the world. We also sell on our website. Here are shopping links for the supplies used in the video.
Let's see what the talented Design Team created for the Trees, please! challenge. Check out their individual blog posts by clicking on their names, where you will find additional photos and supply lists for their projects.
Karen Aicken created a gorgeous card using the Twist Panel die set and decorating with trees from the Winter Charms set. She also used the Sleigh on the card front. This is so pretty!
Kelly Booth has such a talent for coloring. Check out her styling on the truck! This adorable scene is created with the Christmas Tree Pop-up, Nature Edges and a mixture of Word Sets. Amazing!
Helen Cryer created a custom tree skirt for her Christmas Tree Pop-up card featuring words wrapped around the skirt. How clever! I love the cheerful ornaments decorating her card.
Fran Sabad made this elegant white Christmas Tree pop-up with shimmery gold accents, including a gold beaded tree skirt. Breathtaking!
Shelly Hickox created a gorgeous cabin in the woods scene with a triple-fold card that reveals two trees, a string of banners and a snowy cabin. How amazingly clever!
Frances Byrne created a charming winter scene below her Christmas Tree in this cheerful card. The Sleigh fits all of the animal dies perfectly. I love the candy striped background and the gold accents!
Amazing inspiration this month and especially for the Christmas Tree Pop-up die set, which can be styled so many ways. Join us next year (see what I did there?) on January 3, 2018 for our next Designer Challenge with a theme of "Birthday Banners" - we'll be making birthday cards with strings attached! (see what I did there?)
My office is REALLY messy. Like, take the biggest craft supply hoarding mess you can envision and then triple it.
It's overwhelming to think about cleaning this office. There's just so much to go through. So much to purge. So much to organize.
Most of the time I opt for a snack instead.
But this week I did decide I would tackle just one corner. It took several hours, but I was able to purge a lot of old class materials and reclaim cabinet and drawer space for things that didn't have a home. Progress!
One of the things that I discovered in the mass was a partial Christmas Tree pop-up card. It was a green tree inside a plain white card with a red cardinal and a glittery star. Perfect! I decided to finish it as a warm-up card for next week's Designer Challenge, which has a theme of "Trees, Please!"
I started with the interior of the card. The tree was assembled in a folded white card, but I wanted to use a single-piece red backing card, so I carefully cut on the fold line of the white card to separate it into two white base pieces under the tree. I then trimmed down the outer edges of the white so I would have a nice border inside a standard A2 card (4.25" x 5.5" when folded) cut from red cardstock.
To further decorate the tree, I added glue to the bottom third of the tree and dumped silver confetti pieces over the glue. I also dotted glue randomly around the white card and added confetti to the background. In keeping with my sparkly theme, I added some rhinestones to the upper part of the tree. The greeting is two stacked layers from Word Set 3 - Holiday brushed with red ink and attached in a curved line.
As the card is closed the tree will pop down and lie flat.
For the card front, I used the larger tree charm from the Winter Charms die set and styled it with the same "confetti dip" as the pop-up tree. I used a stamp set from Darkroom Door (Christmas Reindeer) to add the script to the background - stamped in Versamark ink and then brushed with Pearl Ex powder. I used the Nature Edges die set to add the snow drifts and stamped Joy (same stamp set) on the bottom drift.
My finished card fits in a standard A2 envelope for mailing.
Happy Thanksgiving! (And to folks outside the US . . . Happy Thursday!)
Today I'm sharing a fun adaptation of the Flower Pot Pop-up die into a clear cookie jar, filled with gingerbread people.
My card measures 5x7 when folded. I went with a very simple and clean card front.
As the card opens, the cookie jar starts to rise up.
Once open, the card reveals a fun tabletop scene. To create the card's interior, I cut the woodgrain paper (old Kaisercraft, from my stash) into two panels, 6" tall x 4.5" wide. I placed the panels temporarily onto my 10x7 white cardstock base to determine where to cut the pop-up mechanism and then taped the pop-up die over the two panels in the centered position, leaving a little gap between the paper so it wouldn't bunch in the fold of the card later. I lifted the two paper panels, now held together with the die, and ran them through my machine to cut the two tabs to hold the flower pot.
To convert the flower pot into a cookie jar, I cut the side pieces from medium clear plastic and cut them into individual panels. When using thick plastic, it needs to be hinged with something that folds easily, like cardstock. I used just slices of flower pots cut from cardstock to create a bottom band and an upper band. These two cardstock bands hold the shape of the flower pot. The upper band (red) also hides the connection points for the lattice strips, which were cut out of green cardstock. The bottom band is also red, attached inside the pot. I didn't like seeing the adhesive through the plastic, so I cut individual pieces of green spotted paper for the outside of the pot. (Eagle eyes will see where one of my green spotted panels is lifting a bit in the corner and yes, I have glued that down but was far too lazy to retake all the photos!)
The cookies are all made with the Winter Charms die set. I had some corrugated kraft cardstock in my stash that worked perfectly to make the cookies, plus the ridges added a fun texture to the cookies. I brushed the edges with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink. I used letter stickers from my stash to spell out "cookies" on a small label from the Katherine Label Pop-up set.
I thought it would be fun to create a plate of cookies, so I used decorator pieces from the Snowman Twist Circle die set to create the plate. I used the eyes and buttons that fell out of the large cookie overlay to add crumbs on the table.
In this top view you can get a sense for how the cookies fill the jar. Four big cookies are attached to the lattice strips, with two hanging down into the jar and two sticking up out of the jar. Then I filled in with one more large cookie and eight small cookies, all attached to the clear sides of the jar.
For the greeting block, I used the Word Set 3 - Holiday die set, and cut the greeting twice from white cardstock, stacked them and brushed the bottom with red ink. I curved the greeting to match the shape of the small oval from the Katherine set. I'll sign the card on the oval. I also added one more small cookie and some crumbs.
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If you're interested in the dies I used on my Cookie Jar Card, you'll find them at independent craft stores, some of your favorite online stores, and on our website as well. You'll also find assembly videos and instruction sheets on our website.
Today is our monthly for fun Paper Pros challenge with a theme of Winter Birthday, which worked out perfectly with one of the cards I'm teaching this week.
For tomorrow's class at Scrapp'n Savvy, we will be making three cards. The first (my Paper Pros card), features the Snowman Twist Circle (minus the snowman) to make a distinguished penguin birthday card. A clear panel on the front of the card allows the penguin to peek out in the closed position. Then, once opened, the circle spins him up into the center of the card, holding a gift. Opening the card also reveals a white circle as a place to write a personal message and sign the card.
Also on the agenda for tomorrow's class is a Katherine Label Pop-up card featuring the new Cat and Dog die set. I've always loved this Riley and Co. Funny Bones stamp and it worked perfectly for a funny card to send to a friend. By rolling down the corner of the card, the kitty peeks out, and then rises up with the pop-up as the card is opened.
As usual, it's an ambitious class, but we'll do our best to leave with three finished cards. If you're in class, here's what you need to bring:
Die Cutting machine with plates and platforms for wafer-thin dies.
Removable tape to hold dies in place.
Pokey tool to eject dies
Liquid glue in a fine tip bottle - VERY IMPORTANT - there are small pieces on these cards and you need to be able to glue them down. (You might bring your Xyron X sticker maker if you have one)
Other adhesives - tape runner, double-sided tape, small glue dots, pop-dots
Pens - black pen to add stripes to the bees. White gel pen to color the cat's tail and paws. (I will bring some white pens to share, but bring one if you have one)
Save the card photos to your tablet or phone OR print them out to refer to in class.
Optional tools - embossing stylus to shape flowers, brayer to press down glued items
Optional decorating items - brown ink with a blending tool, Wink of Stella or similar glitter pen
If you are in class tomorrow, you will receive TWO dies in your class kit - the Tiny Accessories 1 and the Flowers and Bee. The other three new dies from the Fall release will be available to purchase at Scrapp'n Savvy and yes, I am bringing enough for every student in both classes to be able to purchase the new dies.
For folks outside of the Houston area, here are links to the dies used in the class cards:
Happy November and welcome to our monthly Designer Challenge!
This month you're going to be treated to mouth-watering projects by the team. I challenged them to work some sort of Gingerbread element into their projects and, shall we say . . . WOWZA!
This is also the week where we revealed our Fall 2017 5-die Mini-Release, including the Cat and Dog die, which is designated as our hurricane relief charity die for the first 1,000 sold. See this release in our flip catalog here.
For my gingerbread project I definitely wanted to showcase the new Tag Book Pop-up, and it struck me that the decorator pieces could be styled to look like cookie sheets. I used the Winter Charms to add the cookies and Word Set 3 - Holiday to add the greeting. Learn this project by watching the video tutorial:
For the front of the card I wanted to include a larger cookie. To make the larger cookie sheet I trimmed the decorator tag into a rectangle and then trimmed it with the beaded strip die and used the paint distressing as shown in the video. It created the perfect size cookie sheet to fit the larger gingerbread cookie charm from the Winter Charms set. The banners and heart are included in the Tag Book set.
I chose a "mod" holiday palette for this card - pink, green and red. The pink gingham patterned paper is an older My Mind's Eye design. The red paper is Bo Bunny and the green spotted cardstock is from Bazzill.
The cookie sheets are made by cutting the pieces from silver mirror board and doubling the beaded trim to make a lip. I covered the pieces with black paint and then immediately wiped it off with a paper towel, giving that oven-baked well-worn look to the cookie sheets.
The gingerbread cookies are made using the small tree and man charms from the Winter Charms set, plus the hearts from the Tag Book set. Each cookie is stacked with two layers and then highlighted using the stencil features on the dies and a white gel pen. I brushed the edges with a little brown ink as well. For authenticity, you might also try breaking a cookie.
The Tag Book goes together quickly and has no theme, so you'll be able to use it year-round for any occasion. It also has so many great decorator dies included in the set. If you're looking for a high value pop-up die, this is a great choice!
Ready to give this project a try? You can find my dies at independent and online craft stores throughout the world or order directly from our website. Here are links to the products used in the video:
The Design Team really hit it out of the park this month. I encourage you to click their names to visit their individual blog posts, where you'll find more photos and information about their gorgeous projects.
Helen Cryer is the queen of gingerbread house projects and you can see why with this stunning card featuring the House and Fence die set in gingerbread splendor.
Fran Sabad made this darling Tag Book Pop-up featuring a whole gingerbread scene. I love the way she used the beaded trims on the arms of the pop-up and the festive styling of this card.
Frances Byrne used the new Tag Book Pop-up for a charming gingerbread scene, including fitting the house from the House and Fence die set onto the tag. Brilliant! I love the cheery feel to this fun card.
Kelly Booth continues the Tag Book fun with this dog-themed card. I love how she turned the decorator House die into a gingerbread dog house! Brilliant!
Karen Aicken continues the fun with the Tag Book by using the pieces to make gift tags. These are absolutely darling! Make sure you head over to her blog post to see each tag closer. Such a clever dress-up to a gift.
Shelly Hickox cleverly converted the Cupcake Pop-up into a snow globe for the challenge. I love the little gingerbread man in the globe wearing the cap from the Winter Animals set. Another Shellypiece!
Such fabulous inspiration this month for crafting paper gingerbread goodness.
Join us next month on December 6th, for our Designer Challenge with a theme of "Trees, please!" The holiday and winter projects will all incorporate a tree.
I promised a full video tutorial for the technique and here it is.
The card is a square 5" x 5" and can be mailed in an A7 envelope for a single stamp. The patterned paper is a very old Bazzill design from my stash. The lace washi tape is also something that I've had for a while from Stampin' Up!
The fun of this card is the window that lets you look at a top view of the snowman, stacked up.
Open the card and the Katherine Label mechanism lifts up the sections of the snowman to expand him. The snow drifts are made using the Nature Edges die set and the greeting is from Word Set 3 - Holiday.
Another fun feature of the card is the twig arm being attached to the mechanism so that it lifts up and looks like the snowman is waving. He looks quite dapper with his ribbon scarf and rhinestone buttons.
Ready to give this card a try? Here are the supplies used in the video. You can also shop for the dies at your favorite local independent craft stores.