August Secret Word Giveaway Winner!

Linda Won This

Congratulations to Linda Burkert who is the winner of the Ribbon Tree Pop 'n Cuts Insert and the Noel Sizzlits Set dies.

Since Linda is a member of my mailing list she was in on the Secret Word giveaway and left the following lovely comments on the Sizzix blog and my blog:


I have just recently gotten started with the Pop-n-cuts dies and I love them. My FAVORITE is ALL OF THEM! But if I had to pick just one it would be the chair. After taking your class in Ohio, I made one for my father-in-law for his birthday. He loved it. The videos are so helpful and make it easy for anyone to make the cards. Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing you talent.

Linda B.

Karen, Thank you for sharing this wonderful card. Love your tutorials. Just got the star die and can't wait to use it. Linda B.

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Inspired by Shelly: Travel Journal

One of the conversations I have oft had with my crafty friends is how we all have our special gifts and talents. For example, I'm a pretty darn spiffy paper engineer, (yeah, I said it) and it does not diminish the value of my gift (paper engineering) if I pale in comparison when it comes to, say, making an embossed faux leather travel journal ala Shelly Hickox.


My travel journal isn't terrible. Yes, it's slightly tortured like a face in a metal pin board, but not totally unworthy. There's a kernel of beauty here. If I had it to do over again I'd use lighter-weight chipboard for the suitcase so the paper bag didn't have to bunch and climb mountains to encase it.

If you didn't look at Shelly's first you'd probably think this was pretty good, in fact!

Or maybe you'd stick a needle in it, grab some DNA and reconstruct a dinosaur. 

Potato, potahto.


I'll walk you through the construction steps of my Tortured Travel Travel Travel journal. (Because why put just one rub-on word Travel on the binding when there's room for three?!) I will then direct you to follow Shelly's steps for the actual faux leather part.

STEP 1: Die cut a Suitcase from chipboard (Tip: choose a lightweight chipboard instead of heavyweight) and assemble all the suitcase pieces as shown. Also die cut a Pop 'n Cuts Square Base card from black matboard and from patterned paper. I used the smaller Tim Holtz ring binder for my journal.


STEP 2: Put the matboard card into the trimmer and slide the blade ONE TIME through the matboard with light pressure 0.5" on one side of the centerline tick marks. Slide the matboard in the trimmer to do the same thing 0.5" on the other side of the centerline tick marks. This will create a 1" spine.



STEP 3: Measure the width of the journal's interior panels and decide how much of a black border you'd like on the decorative ends. Cut from either end of the patterned paper card to make panels for inside the journal. I did not bother to cut a paper panel for the center because the ring binder will cover that area.


STEP 4: Follow Shelly's instructions for creating the faux leather on the front of the journal.


Thanks, Shelly, for inspiring me to try something out of my comfort zone. I loved the technique and will definitely try it again and see if I can improve my results.

*NOTE* I see that the small Ring Binders are hard to find but the large ones are readily available. I would suggest increasing the spine width to 1.25" (so score at 5/8" from each side of the centerline tick marks) to be able to use the larger ring binder.

Here are the supply links for what I used. The patterned paper in my journal is from Teresa Collins Far & Away called "Postcards Paper" #FA1005. They don't have it at, though, so I'm linking a substitute paper that would look very similar:


Video Tutorial: Pop 'n Cuts Ribbon Tree Floating Floor

Today I'm blogging on the Sizzix blog with a Designer Challenge to use any of the Pop 'n Cuts inserts that depict imagery. Here are the ten inserts included in the challenge:


I invited ten designers from four countries and five states to create something using any of the ten inserts shown. A big thank you to Anna-Karin, Caz, Donna, Fran, Frances, Gretchen, Helen, Kelly, Raquel and Shelly. You will find all their projects with links to the full blog posts on the Sizzix blog: Pop 'n Cuts Imagery Inserts Designer Challenge

For my contribution, I created a Floating Floor for the Ribbon Tree Insert by scoring and folding the Pop 'n Cuts card itself. For the Stand-up designs (Ribbon Tree, Star, Poinsettia and Frame) you could use these same measurements to create a floor and you will not need a special template to do so.


The video tutorial shows how to achieve this effect:

Here are the measurements for the Floating Floor:


Here's a side view of the floor for a better visual of the L supports. The center tree is the original Pop 'n Cuts ribbon tree and is supported in the usual "tent" fashion, so there are no L supports for that tree. You'll only need L supports for any extra pop-up items that you place around the floor.


Here are shopping links for all three Pop 'n Cuts Base Die options, plus all ten Imagery inserts (plus the Noel insert because it's used in the project). For each insert, I've added a link to the decorator die (or dies) that perfectly coordinate. These are all shopping links for, who has everything in stock (as of this moment) except the Butterfly Window Insert and Bigz Butterflies & Labels. Sizzix tells me that a re-order is expected in a couple of weeks. The Stampin' Up! Exclusive dies can be ordered through your local demonstrator. 

Oh! And there's another great project to see - Anna-Karin's Butterfly Window masterpiece on the Simon Says Stamp Blog here.

Once again, a huge THANK YOU to my talented designer friends for accepting the Designer Challenge. Next month's challenge is scheduled for September 19th on the Sizzix blog.


Check out this Frantastic version of the Ribbon Tree Floating Floor card by Fran Sabad. (See it here: Floating Floor Santa Scene) I love how Fran added the little stamped Santa and Rudolph in front of the trees. Fran used the same scoring measurements with the Stampin' Up! Exclusive Pop 'n Cuts Base and it worked perfectly.


Collaborative Accordion Album Project

OK, I have all of 10 minutes until my plane boards, so this will be a very quick blog post, but I just have to share this collaborative Accordion Album project.


Back in April I had a great idea - I asked my "Super Six" designers - my "go-to" girls who are always willing to help me out with samples for the show, blog content for the Sizzix blog, etc. - to each make a 2-page Accordion Album card in their signature styles, and send me their pages, making sure that they did not cut off their tabs so that I could connect all the pages together.

I asked them each to include a picture of themselves, their name and their blog address. Other than that, the only rules were to make it in their signature styles.

My goal was to have the album done by CHA so I could take it as a show sample to really celebrate the amazing designers who have been so instrumental in getting the Karen Burniston brand out there and better-known. I made it, but barely! Finished assembling it about 10 pm last night, well past dark, so the photo isn't the greatest.

From left to right the album consists of 2-page spreads by:

Shelly Hickox - Mississippi

Helen Cryer - Cambridgeshire, England

Fran Sabad - Kentucky

Anna-Karin Evaldsson - South Africa

Kelly Booth - Arizona

Gretchen Schmidt - Texas

If you'll be at CHA next week, make sure you stop by the Sizzix booth and see it in person. It is a masterpiece!

Thanks, my crafty friends!

Secret Word Giveaway winner!


Congratulations to Judy DiScipio who is the winner of the Label Window Pop 'n Cuts Insert and Bigz Butterflies & Labels dies!

Since Judy is a member of my mailing list she was in on the Secret Word giveaway and left the following lovely comments on the Sizzix blog and my blog:

Karen, you brought Pop ‘n Cuts to another level! I LOVE to watch you work…and see your creative mind at work. Thank you for being so available with your ideas. You are truly appreciated! Hugs from Colorado, Judy :)

Your latest Pop 'n Cuts video is another keeper. I LOVE all the wonderful ideas you come up with.

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*SNEAK PEEK* CHA Summer 2013 - Sizzix Snippets

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Time for a pre-show Sneak Peek of my brand new Snippets collection, shipping in mid-September and available in stores in October 2013. Here's a preview video to explain the collection:



Thanks to Deena Ziegler who knocked it out of the park on the packaging once again. Speaking of packaging, we added little inset photos to the accessory dies showing them used with the pop-up die they correspond with. This should make it a little easier when you're shopping to know which accessories fit which inserts.

First up, the new Pop 'n Cuts inserts. There is a House with a Thinlits set to decorate. (Watch the video above to see the cool optional texture created on the house by embossing after cutting)


The Multi-Tier is the second new insert. This is a generic insert with four different levels, or tiers, to be able to construct pop-up scenes. The two tall tiers are perfectly sized to hold the Flagpole Sizzlits Strip, as you see here, although of course they can be used for anything else. 


The last new insert is the Sassy Label. Labels continue to be excellent sellers in the Pop 'n Cuts family. Crafters love being able to quickly animate a greeting or use the labels to animate other objects. 


Snippets is mostly comprised of accessory dies, little "snippets" to fill in the Pop 'n Cuts collection and round it out to be a complete collection. Several of the new dies fit previously-released dies to keep them always fresh and exciting. 

I'm very excited to introduce the Stitched Framelits. These dies can be used on their own for layered labels, with or without stitch lines, since the stitch lines are on separate dies.


You'll see in the inset photos how nicely these Framelits coordinate with the Accordion Album, Pop 'n Cuts Base Die Circle Label and the *NEW* Sassy Label Pop 'n Cuts insert.

Next up, two Sizzlits Decorative Strip dies. These borders will work great on Pop 'n Cuts cards but also on layouts, etc. 


The same Chevron and Label Trellis patterns are incorporated into the two new Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Sets. The Circle & Sassy Label set can be used to emboss directly onto the Pop 'n Cuts card OR they will also work with the two Stitched Framelits sets to cut out the embossed labels. The Trellis and Swirls set is an all-over pattern - perfect for filling in the fronts of your pop-up cards.


Here's a good example of two more Snippets - little accessory dies that can be used with *ANY* of the Pop 'n Cuts inserts. The Gift Card holder has tuck slots for a standard gift card. Attach it to the front of a Pop 'n Cuts card and you've got an instant pop-up gift card. The Borders & Banners Thinlits work great to enhance the seams between the pop-up and the backing cards. 

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One last Snippets die to show - it's a Framelits set to fit the original Label Pop 'n Cuts insert. Prior to this, there was only the Label & Ribbon Movers & Shapers set, which doesn't give much room for a stamped greeting. Snippets adds a Framelit to fit the Label with a small shadow.

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So there you have it! Fourteen new dies shipping mid-September, available in stores by October. What's your favorite?

In travel news, I am leaving Thursday for Salt Lake City to attend the 25-year-anniversary Stampin' Up! Convention. How exciting! I hear there's going to be an EPIC BIG crowd! Here are the hours you will find me demoing Pop 'n Cuts:

Thursday, 7:00–9:30 PM

Friday, 11:00 AM–4:30 PM

Saturday, 11:45 AM–1:30 PM

Where: Gathering Place

On Sunday I'll be heading to Las Vegas for the Create 'n Connect Conference (aka CHA) to launch the Snippets collection. Monday I'll be doing Rep and Retailer training.

My Sizzix booth demo times are as follows:

Tuesday 9-11 am

Wednesday 11am - 2 pm

Thursday 11am - 1 pm

Where: Sizzix Booth #627

Additionally, I am teaching a CHA class on Wednesday afternoon from 3-5 pm. As of the last update from CHA, there are seats available in the class. It costs $35 for members, which is the minimum charge set by CHA. Every student will receive one of the NEW Stitched Framelits sets and one of the NEW Embossing Folder sets to take home. We will make three projects in class and along the way I will give lots of tips and tricks for how to educate with Pop 'n Cuts to maximize sales. 

W0706 - Workshop

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Room: Ballroom G

Difficulty: All

Supplies: Please bring a tape runner, trimmer, scissors, paper piercer, Tiny Attacher stapler, mini-glue dots and a fine-line glue pen.

Who Should Attend:   Buyer, Designer, Distributor and Creative Professional

Is your store already capitalizing on the Pop 'n Cuts sensation? These innovative pop-up dies are simple, interchangeable, coordinated and hot sellers! Come learn from the designer how to educate with Pop 'n Cuts through demos, make 'n takes and classes to maximize sales. Please bring a tape runner, trimmer, scissors, paper piercer, Tiny Attacher stapler, mini-glue dots and a fine-line glue pen to class.  

Instructor(s): Karen Burniston
Sponsors(s): Ellison/Sizzix

Member Price: $35.00
Non-Member Price: $50.00

 Looking forward to these two awesome events! 

Video Tutorial: Label Window Pop 'n Cuts Insert

Today I'm blogging on the Sizzix blog with a video tutorial for this card, along with a dozen links to designers' blogs who have posted inspiration for all the Label and Frame Pop 'n Cuts inserts.



If you're interested in any of the Label and Frame inserts used by the talented designers on the Sizzix blog, I've posted shopping links to all of the dies (available from here: Label & Frame Pop 'n Cuts

Shopping Links for the "Thanks" Video Tutorial Card are posted here, from and Simon Says Stamp.

A big thank you to my designer friends; Anna-Karin, Caz, Donna, Fran, Gretchen, Helen, Kelly, Raquel and Shelly who accepted the challenge and posted amazing Pop 'n Cuts Label & Frame inspiration on their blogs. You'll see photos of their projects with links to their specific blog posts on the Sizzix blog.

Happy crafting!

Video Tutorial: Triple Star Pop 'n Cuts Card

This year I've been teaching an Amped Up Pop 'n Cuts card class featuring a triple star card. The class is now retired, since several of the papers have been discontinued. Since the triple star card is always the class favorite, and in honor of Independence Day, I thought I would make a 4th of July version of the card with a video tutorial for the tripling technique.


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The video tutorial will show how to make the triple star, how to attach the streamers and how to emboss the Framelits.


Fran Sabad made this card in a Patriotic theme as well. She used the Stampin' Up! Pop 'n Cuts Card Base that features the decorative edge and the built-in tuck slot closure, plus the *FREE* Uncle Sam template. You can find more photos and information about her card by clicking the photo of her card front below:

If you're not already following me on Pinterest, I would suggest it. I pin not only my own projects, but everything I discover around the web using my Sizzix and Stampin' Up! dies. You can find my boards here: Karen Burniston on Pinterest

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Have a wonderful 4th of July!

If you'd like to make your own Triple Star Card, in a patriotic theme or any other theme, here are some shopping links for the dies and paper I used in the video:

Deena Ziegler - Chalkboard Greetings Card Kit

I was very excited when my friend Deena Ziegler, who created all of the package samples for my Journey & upcoming Snippets Sizzix die collections, chose to feature Pop 'n Cuts in one of her monthly card kits. 

Even more exciting? She sent me a kit! Here is a photo of what can be created with the card kit - how gorgeous!

June has been very busy with multiple teaching trips, however, so I didn't get a chance to pull out my kit and make the cards until yesterday. At least it's still June! (Barely!)

I thought I would record a little video of me constructing the Pop 'n Cuts cards so you can see how easy they go together and the beauty of Deena's designs. You can purchase her kits individually but you can also subscribe and get a new kit monthly. With a subscription you get free shipping, so it's a great value. For more information, check out Deena's FAQ page here

I really like the way Deena's kits are pre-cut and ready to assemble. She even folded the Pop 'n Cuts cards! This kit included some extra greetings so I could choose the theme of my cards. I also chose to use one of the included tag designs for the front of my Hello card by simply turning a couple of the pieces. 


See how quickly the two Pop 'n Cuts cards in Deena's kit can be assembled by watching this video:


Thanks again, Deena! Here is the link again to the Chalkboard Greetings Card Kit.

If you'd like to own the Pop 'n Cuts dies that Deena used in this kit (and the star that I added), here are some shopping links.

CKC Houston Classes

I'm back from an awesome teaching trip to Kentucky and Ohio. Today has been quite the day of getting caught up on e-mails and working out my schedule for CKC Houston, which rolls into the Woodlands this Friday and Saturday, June 28-29, 2013.

I designed two classes for my friend Kristi Coy, who owns You can get a pre-registration discount on the class fee if you register by today, I believe. Kristi reports that the classes have room in them. I'll be helping out in Friday's classes.

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This first class is called Cool Closures II, with three different closures than last year's class. You'll make a 10-page girl-themed mini-album that includes three additional opening areas, each with a different closure idea. You'll be able to use the closure ideas on all sorts of future projects. 

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The second class is called How to Give a Gift Card and features three interactive projects. One is a Pop 'n Cuts card, the other is a Hidden Gift Card card and the third is a little Pillow Box Pull Tab thingie where you pull the tab and the gift card comes out the other side. Fun!

Hope you'll be able to join us for these fun classes!

You'll also find me demoing Pop 'n Cuts and the Accordion Album in the It's Cheaper than Therapy booth on Friday from 9:30-11:30 and from 3:00-6:00 pm.

Come on down now, y'hear?