Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 82: Borders! Borders! Borders!

Welcome to the June Designer Challenge with a theme of Borders! Borders! Borders! (Properly said in a Sheldon Cooper voice like Penny! Penny! Penny!)

I challenged the team to create a project utilizing any of our border die sets. As usual, you are going to be impressed with their creations. We're also excited to introduce our newest Design Team member, so be sure to scroll down for that!

For my project I wanted to show an easy conversion of the Palm Tree Pop-up to create pop-up fireworks. In keeping with the theme of this month's challenge I used border dies to create a custom woven quilt background for the card.

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Learn how I created this card by watching the full YouTube video here:

My card is a standard top-fold A2 size, but the addition of pop-dots under the woven front quilt makes it thicker, so it may require a larger envelope and definitely extra postage. Eliminate the pop-dots for a more mail-friendly version. The border I used for weaving is the peppermint candy border from Christmas Borders 1. The greeting is our Celebrate word die. The stars come from the Raising Platform Pop-up die set.

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The card opens to reveal pop-up fireworks, made by altering the shape of the Palm Tree Pop-up fronds and using a clear transparency for the palm tree trunks. This gives the illusion of floating fireworks. 

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The same peppermint candy border was used to make the rosettes for the USA banner. The letters came from our Mini Alphabet and Numbers die set.

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As I mentioned in the video, this fireworks conversion of the Palm Tree Pop-up is a great one for any celebration - birthday, New Years, retirement, sports championships, etc. The woven border quilt could also be customized to any color scheme. 

Here are the dies and supplies used on my card:


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Let's take a look at how our talented Design Team interpreted the BORDERS! BORDERS! BORDERS! challenge. In each case you can click the designer's name to go to their blog or social media post where you'll find additional photos, supply lists and, in some cases, videos! Frances is on sabbatical right now but will be joining us for the new release hop later this month.

We're excited to introduce you to our newest Design Team member, Ken Chien. We have been very impressed with Ken's clever creations in our Facebook group and invited him to join our team when Fran retired. Ken is from Taiwan and has a large following in the Lego community but is now crossing over to add paper builds. You can follow Ken on his Instagram @gogoro_bricks. For his first Designer Challenge Ken did not spare the borders! He combined multiple borders in interesting ways to create an underwater scene. Be sure to click over to Ken's IG to see a video of this card in action. So clever!

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Nicky Foden really knocked it out of the park with this beautiful card featuring the Tea and Coffee Borders. I love her rainbow eclipse background effect for the front of the card and then the fabulous re-purposing of the Gift Pivot Panels as a tea-themed pop-up. The white pen detailing on the borders and words adds to the whimsy of this great card. Be sure to click over to Nicky's blog for a full photo tutorial of this card. Wonderful!

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Sue Small-Kreider is getting a jump on her holiday cards with this adorable 3-page Fancy Label Accordion incorporating the Baking Charms. I love her conversion of the Tiny Gnome into a mustachioed chef. She also cleverly created a shaker oven! Be sure to click over to Sue's blog to watch a video on this creation. Yummy!

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Lois Bak celebrates her home state of Florida with this Label Charm Pop-up Card featuring the Beach Borders. There are such happy fun colors in this card and I love the dangling flip flops in the center frame. Click over to Lois's blog to see the front of this card. So summery!

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Suzanne Smit styled some of her signature hedgehogs to adorn this very clever Tag Book/Evergreen Pivot Panels creation. By flipping the Evergreen Pivot Panels mechanism Suzanne was able to use it for Sweet Treats Charms ice cream cones! How delightful! The Baking Charms adorn her card throughout. Look at those donut hole protectors! Click over to Suzanne's blog to see the front of this card. Love it!

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Sandy Diller went with a birthday theme featuring the cupcakes from the Baking Borders used to make a vibrant rainbow-striped background on the front of the card. Then inside she used the Cupcake Pop-up - one of my favorite all-purpose die sets. The base of the pie border used as a circle border inside the card is a great touch as well. Click over to Sandy's blog for a full supply list. Fabulous!

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Jen Webster made a fun birthday Oven Pop-up card featuring lots of scrumptious pies from the Baking Borders. I love Jen's burner placement and the addition of the toaster from the Kitchen Borders to the countertop scene. Click over to Jen's blog to see the "punny" front greeting to this delightful birthday card.

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Well we hope you are not bored of Borders! Borders! Borders! but rather inspired to try some of these ideas. Join us next month on July 3, 2024 for our next Designer Challenge with a theme of [REDACTED BECAUSE IT REVEALS NEW DIES!] We will be featuring dies from our next release, with Sneak Peeks starting June 24, 2024.

Happy Crafting!

KarenSiggyLogo

 

 


Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 81: From the Vault

Welcome to the May Designer Challenge with a theme of From the Vault. I challenged the team to create a project inspired by a previous project. I also asked that they post a photo of their inspiration piece on their blog post with the new card. Be sure you click through to their blogs for double the inspiration!

For my project I was inspired by my May Zoom class card featuring the Tea and Coffee Pop-up mechanism, turned sideways, tripled and turned into a "Wiggle Card". Four swing arms create dancing items on the pop-up. 

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The inspiration for my wiggle card is the class card from our May 2024 Zoom class. If you are reading this blog post close to the date it was first published you may still be able to get a kit for the inspiration card. Contact one of the stores listed on our Events Page if interested.

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Learn how to create the wiggle card by watching this full tutorial:

This is a standard A2-sized card and will mail in an A2 envelope. For the front of the card I combined squares from our Squares - Crosshatch die set with cupcakes created using our Cupcake Add-ons set. All patterned papers came from my scrap bin.

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Open the card to watch the four swing arms wiggle the cupcakes and swing the "celebrate" square. This is a fun one to open and close (and open and close and open and close)!

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This technique is completely generic and can be decorated for any theme. You can also explore adding additional swing arms. One nice thing about the cupcakes is being able to use up a bunch of scraps. This could be an "in front of the TV" activity to assemble cupcakes from scraps and have them ready for a card like this.

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Ready to give the Wiggle Card a try? Here are the dies and supplies I used in the video:


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Let's take a look at how our talented Design Team interpreted the FROM THE VAULT challenge. In each case you can click the designer's name to go to their blog post where you'll find additional photos, including their inspiration card, supply lists and, in some cases, videos! (Frances is on sabbatical)

Jen Webster always impresses with her Copic coloring on the die cuts and this month she's done an amazing job of authentic coloring of a multitude of butterflies. Make sure you click over to Jen's blog to see her inspiration card and subscribe to her YouTube channel for more great coloring ideas. Stunning card!

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Suzanne Smit took inspiration from a previous baby card to make a new version. She's used the Heart Pivot Panels and I love her choice to decorate the pop-up with additional hearts top and bottom. Love this idea of celebrating the gender mystery. So sweet!

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Sandy Diller has made a great Little Twist Panel pop-up for the challenge and she posted a ton of inspiration on her blog post. I have an ongoing joke that when a DT member gravitates toward a certain die that the die itself is bestowed a middle name. By that rule the Little Twist Panel is definitely the Little Sandy Twist Panel! Be sure to click over to see all the ways Sandy has used this die. Love them all!

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Lois Bak makes wonderful patriotic cards each year and this time was inspired by a previous 4th of July card to make a new version, this time using the Raising Platform Pop-up, tripled for additional "wow"! Definitely check out the inspiration piece on her blog as both cards are a blast! (See what I did there?)

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Sue Small-Kreider took inspiration from a previous scene card to make an updated version and wowie wow wow! I love how this card reveals itself with every layer and then creates a stunning display piece. Click over to watch a video on this card and be sure to subscribe to Sue's channel so you don't miss any of her great videos.

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Nicky Foden provides some much-requested masculine inspiration with both her inspiration and new card. I love the use of the Sports Charms on this new Little Labels Pop-up, inspired by a previous Circle Tag Book. As usual, Nicky has included a picture tutorial for her card, so click over to check it out. Fabulous!

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Well the sad day has come where we bid adieu to one of our original Design Team members. Fran Sabad has decided to retire and live her best carefree wind-in-her-hair deadline-free life, full of travel and exploring new hobbies. Fran started on my Design Team when I was with Sizzix and made the jump with me to Elizabeth Craft Designs and then right on through to our new company. Over the course of the last 15 years Fran has become one of my closest friends. We will miss her incredible cards and clever unique style but shall smile through the tears as we wish her the best. Here's a look at just a sampling of the exquisite cards Fran has made for Designer Challenges over the years:

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Well we hope you feel inspired to inspire yourself! Join us next month on June 5, 2024 for our next Designer Challenge with a theme of BORDERS! BORDERS! BORDERS! We'll be showing off our many border dies.

Happy Crafting!

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Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 80: Thirst Quencher!

Welcome to the April Designer Challenge with a theme of Thirst Quencher. I challenged the team to create a project featuring a beverage. As usual, you will be delighted with their creations!

For my project I'm showing how to make a fun stacked teacup card by combining the Tea and Coffee Pop-up mechanism with the spiral from the Mini Pops Pop-up.

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Learn how to make this card by watching the full video tutorial here:

My card measures 5" x 6" in the closed position and can be mailed in an A7 envelope. The front of the card combines the small teacups and saucers from the Tea and Coffee Borders along with circles from the Mini Gift Bag and Circles - Crosshatch sets. The greeting is from Word Set 4 - Just a Note. The patterned paper is from Stamperia.

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Open the card to reveal three stacked teacups and a gift card holder.

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To style the teacups I cut them from white cardstock and use a brayer to color them with ink. The deep score lines in both pieces will remain white. Then I put the teacup back into the die and ran it through my machine with an embossing sandwich. I used a sanding tool to sand the color from the top of the embossed pattern. The pop-up mechanism included in the Tea and Coffee Pop-up was elongated to hold the bottom two tea cups. The spiral die from the Mini Pops Pop-up was used on the back of the center teacup to animate the top one.

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I used a folded Mini Gift Bag to act as a gift card sleeve inside the card. The greeting is our Thank You die and the circles from the Mini Gift Bag provide a spot to sign the card.

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This stacked teacup card can be customized for any theme by simply changing the colors and styling. Add little animals or character perched in the teacups for a cute look, or have flowers or butterflies spilling out of the cups for a pretty look. 

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


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Let's take a look at how our talented Design Team interpreted the THIRST QUENCHER challenge. In each case you can click the designer's name to go to their blog post where you'll find additional photos, supply lists and, in some cases, videos!

Nicky Foden created this amazing cocktail card using our Happy Hour Charms on the Twist Panel Pop-up. This is such a clever "twist" on a card and the greeting is hilarious! Nicky has posted a full photo tutorial for how she created this masterpiece, so be sure to click over to her blog for full instructions. Love this!

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Sue Small-Kreider created an absolutely fabulous Summer Fete card using the Explosion Pop-up mechanism as booths for delicious offerings, including thirst quenching lemonade. This is just an amazingly clever combination of dies for a wonderful effect. Be sure to click to Sue's blog for more photos of how she created this sweet slimline card.

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Fran Sabad posted three cards for the challenge, all featuring our original Coffee Cup Pop-up and Coffee Charms. I just love this "crabby" card (and can relate!) with the bright fun colors and tropical theme. Be sure to click over to Fran's blog to see her other cards. Wonderful!

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Sandy Diller created a custom beer card for her son's birthday and I just love how it has two reveals. The first one uses the Flip Frame Pop-up to animate a greeting and then the main card opens to reveal a fun saying that Sandy says fits her son to a tee! Be sure to click over to Sandy's blog to see this card in action. Definitely thirst quenching!

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Lois Bak made a gorgeous Teacup pop-up as a birthday card and included gold gilding on the cup and saucer. I love her play on words for the custom greeting of "Sip Sip Hooray!" Be sure to click over to Lois's blog for a peek at the fun card front. Lovely!

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Suzanne Smit made this adorable 4-page mixed Landscape Rectangle Accordion. I love the coffee and cupcakes theme and the addition of several caffeinated giraffes. This makes such a lovely display piece. Check out Suzanne's blog post for a photo of this card in the closed position. Love it!

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Jen Webster turned a coffee mug into a beer mug with this clever repurposing of the Tea and Coffee Pop-up set. I just love how she styled the beer mug, using clouds as foam and glossy accents for drips. Be sure to click over to Jen's blog for a photo of the card front and a description of how she created this card. Perfection!

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Frances Byrne made a vision in pink Tea card for the challenge. I just love her clever re-purposing of a scalloped rectangle die into an edger. There are so many great styling ideas on this card. Be sure to click over to Frances's blog to see more. Fabulous card!

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Well hopefully you feel inspired to craft some thirst quenching creations of your own. Join us next month on May 8th, 2024 for our next Designer Challenge with a theme of "From the Vault" - the team will take inspiration from one of their previous cards to make a new version. What fun!

Happy Crafting!

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Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 79: Bunny Ears!

Welcome to the March Designer Challenge with a theme of Bunny Ears. I challenged the team to create a project featuring bunny ears.

For my project I'm sharing the assembly video for Animal Add-ons 5. This set fits either the Mini Ball Pop-up or the Bitty Ball Pop-up to create a chick hatching out of an egg and a rabbit or Easter bunny.

Learn how to make hatching chicks and bunnies by watching the assembly video here:

For the bunny you can experiment with how the ears are attached, either as a floppy-eared bunny or as a tall-eared bunny. You also have the option to use either foundation die or stack one of each.

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Similarly, the hatching chick can be made out of two stacked Mini Balls, two stacked Bitty Balls, or one of each. You will use pieces out of the foundation die for wings, eyes, beaks and bows. 

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Our March Virtual Class features an Easter card using Animal Add-ons 5. With our Virtual Classes you are able to watch the class day video even if you did not purchase a kit. The video for this class will premiere on March 9, 2024 at 11 am Central. We have sold out of kits, but the stores still have some. You'll find the participating stores on our Events Page. Learn all about how these classes work by watching this short explanatory video. Because everything is pre-recorded you can purchase a kit even after the premiere and complete your projects at any time.

Here are the dies and supplies used in the assembly video:


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Let's take a look at how our talented Design Team interpreted the BUNNY EARS challenge. In each case you can click the designer's name to go to their blog post where you'll find additional photos, supply lists and, in some cases, videos and/or photo tutorials. 

Frances Byrne created a slimline card with a removable Easter Bunny. Make sure you click over to her blog where you can watch a video of this card opening. What a delightful card to receive!

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Jen Webster used our Family Room Pop-up to create a cozy room complete with an Easter bunny hiding eggs. I just love the way Jen uses her markers to create such depth on the die cuts. Check out those cute bunny pillows, too! Cuuuuuute!

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Suzanne Smit fashioned her own bunny using the Animal Add-ons 5 set along with others. I love how her bunny is hugging a mug and the Spinner Square Pop-up swings out three cupcakes.

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Lois Bak made a 3-page Landscape Rectangle Accordion and decorated it for Easter. I love all her little scenes and how she added the bunny border along the bottom edges. So sweet!

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Sandy Diller created a spectacular nesting card that just keeps revealing new treasures! Be sure to click over to Sandy's blog for a video of this card in action. Amazing!

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Fran Sabad created an adorable Easter card complete with Woven Basket decor on the front and then a removable bunny inside. I love the tip from Fran to use embroidery floss for whiskers by running the floss through glue and letting it dry. So clever!

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Sue Small-Kreider very cleverly decorated our Cake Pop-up as a bunny cake using Animal Add-Ons 5. I also love her carrot borders surrounding the cake. Be sure to click over to Sue's blog for a video of this card in action. Amazing!

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Nicky Foden made the most adorable Waterfall card in an Easter theme. I love the gorgeous colors and all the different scenes. Nicky creates detailed photo instructions each month so make sure you click over and see how this card is put together. Love it!

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Hopefully you are inspired to make some BUNNY EARS projects of your own! Join us next month on April 3, 2024 for our next Designer Challenge with a theme of "THIRST QUENCHER" where everyone will be incorporating a beverage into their card.

Happy Crafting!

KarenSiggyLogo


Karen Burniston February 2024 Blog Hop

Welcome to our Karen Burniston Products - KB Riley LLC February 2024 Release Blog Hop. The Design Team have come together with me today for a fun blog hop to celebrate the release of 12 new dies. Sneak peeks of the new release started last week, and the dies are available to order NOW!
 
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This release includes:
  • 2 new Pop-up Die Sets
  • 1 new Ball Add-on Die Sets
  • 4 new Border Die Sets
  • 2 new Sentiment Die Sets
  • 1 new Word Set Die Set
  • 1 new Tiny Accessory Die Set
  • 1 new Stand Alone Die Set
Dies are available to order now.
 
For my post I'm sharing the assembly video for the Lorna Label Pop-up die set
 
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Learn the assembly by watching this video:

For the first project I used the Lorna Label as a single pop-up label as designed. 

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This simple birthday card measures 5" x 5" when closed. In addition to the Lorna Label Pop-up I used Word Set 18 - Connectors to make the first half of the greeting. The birthday candles came from Birthday Candle Add-ons and lion from the Monkey and Lion set. The labels and fishtail banner are included in the Lorna Label set.

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Open the card to reveal a generic label pop-up just perfect for any occasion. I used the lion and candles again and then for the greeting I used Happy Birthday and Happy Birthday Shadow.

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For the second project in the video I created a double Lorna Label Pop-up by folding the cardstock before die cutting. With this technique there are pop-up labels on the back wall and the floor of the card.

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My card measures 5" x 6" when folded. For the front of the card I used the labels and banner from the Lorna Label Pop-up and embellished with butterflies from Butterfly Collage Add-ons.

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Open the card to reveal an explosion of butterflies. The "hello" greeting comes from Word Set 6 - Summer. The butterflies are cut from a mixture of specialty papers, including glitter, glossy and Shimmer Sheetz. I colored the bodies and antennae of the smaller butterflies with a black alcohol marker.

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I used the smaller label to cut out of the pop-up label to create a frame. Then I suspended fishing line across the frame opening and attached a 3D butterfly to the fishing line. I also created slots in the lower pop-up label to add L supports for additional pop-up butterflies. 

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See the entire release by watching the Preview Video:

We will be featuring five of the new release dies in our March Virtual Class. Visit our Events Page for more info and learn how this class works by watching this short explanatory video:

 
GIVEAWAY:
To celebrate the release each of the Design Team members and myself 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,26th February 2024. 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!
 
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Here are links to the dies and supplies used in the video:

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 78: Oh my Hearts!

Well, well, well! The second month of 2024 and I've already blown the Designer Challenge schedule!

Here's what happened:

FIRST, I foolishly scheduled a Designer Challenge for a week in which I was away teaching on a cruise. In my mind I would just finish the DC video early and schedule it to post while I was away.

LIKE I'D NEVER MET ME! 

Obviously that didn't happen, so the night before the trip I pushed the challenge to the day after I returned, following our new release on February 13th. I was up bright and early on Tuesday, ready for a full and fun day of showing off our new release and then following up in the afternoon with a challenge post.

AND THEN . . . 

I missed the bottom stair, stepped full force (with a gravity assist) barefoot onto the hard tile floor and . . . broke my foot. *Sigh*

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So I am now sporting a lovely boot and using a super cool knee scooter borrowed from a friend (Friend is Jenn, scooter is Kevin) and somehow Friday has arrived without the challenge being posted. Whoops!

The theme for February is OH MY HEARTS! I challenged the team to use hearts in any project. This challenge was scheduled (twice) to go up before Valentine's Day but it's completely my fault (and clumsiness) that it didn't. Apologies to our patient and talented Design Team.

For my project I made an Assembly Video for our Mini Gift Bag die set. Because one of the bags I assemble in the video has a heart shaker front, it works for the challenge theme. 

 

The Mini Gift Bag measures 2.25" wide by 2.9" tall by 0.9" in depth. It's perfect for a standard sized gift card or for any other small gift or trinket.

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Here are the dies and supplies used in the video:


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Let's take a look at how our talented Design Team interpreted the Oh My Hearts! challenge. In each case you can click the designer's name to go to their blog post where you'll find additional photos, supply lists and, in some cases, videos and/or photo tutorials. 

Sue Small-Kreider created the most adorable space-defying miniature pop-up cards to fit inside the Candy Hearts Box. You simply must click over to the blog post to see the action on these cards and her clever re-purposing of dies to miniaturize them. What an unexpected and impressive treat to pull out of the box!

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Nicky Foden has such a wonderful pink and chocolate color scheme for this Valentine's Day card featuring the Hearts Add-on for the Fancy Label Accordion. I love how the whole card is a scrumptious box of chocolates!

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Jen Webster has an awe-inspiring talent of using her coloring skills to enhance die cuts and this impressive Photo Collage Valentine is no exception. I just love how all the little animal dies come to life under her skillful shading.

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Suzanne Smit created a fabulous 4-page Charm Accordion project in a Love theme. What a great styling idea to cover the bottom half of the accordion with die cut hearts! This will be such a lovely display piece for whoever receives it.

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Lois Bak created this adorable Valentine card and Candy Hearts Box collection. I particularly like how Lois customized a window in the Candy Hearts Box by using a circle and frame from the Circle Charm Pop-up. Our die sets mix and match so well for custom results. 

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Sandy Diller is amazing at robbing mechanisms from different dies to create entirely new pop-up looks. In this case she's animated the Heart Add-ons with the mechanism from the Flower Pot Pop-up. What fun! Be sure to click over and watch her video tutorial on this great technique!

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Hopefully you are inspired to make some heartfelt bags and cards of your own! Join us next month on March 6, 2024 for our next Designer Challenge with a theme of "BUNNY EARS" where everyone will be incorporating a bunny (or just the ears) into a card.

Happy Crafting!

KarenSiggyLogo

 


Sneak Peek Karen Burniston February 2024 Release

It's our Sneak Peek Week for our February release. These twelve 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 February 19, 2024. 

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Learn about these new dies by watching this Preview Video. Huge thanks to our talented design team for sending so many great cards and projects.

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.

On Monday, February 19th 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!

Happy Crafting!

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Karen Burniston December 2023 Blog Hop

Welcome to our Karen Burniston Products - KB Riley LLC December Release Blog Hop. The Design Team and I have come together today for a fun blog hop to celebrate the release of 7 new dies. Sneak peeks of the new release started last week, and the dies are available to order NOW!
 
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This release includes:
  • 2 new Add-ons Die Sets
  • 1 new Pop-up Die Sets
  • 1 new Tag Die Set
  • 2 new Stand Alone 3D Die Sets
  • 1 new Sentiment Shadow Die Set

For my posts I'm sharing the assembly video for the new Birthday Candle Add-ons and Heart Add-ons die sets that fit the Fancy Label Accordion.

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Learn the assembly by watching this video:

 

For the Birthday Candle project I went stash diving to find a pretty plaid paper and then chose my solids to match the paper. I used leftover candles on the front.

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This 4-page accordion makes such a lovely display piece and has the amped-up pop-up with the extra layer of pivoting candles. In addition to the Fancy Label Accordion and Birthday Candle Add-ons I also used the Cupcake Add-ons, Word Set 2 and Celebrate.

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For the heart version I used two sets of pages assembled with the Heart Add-ons piece. This creates a card where there the pivoting heart page is visible on the front.

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Once open the project is a feast of hearts. For a greeting I used the small script "love you" from our Pop 'n Swap Pop-up die set.

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See the entire release by watching the Preview Video:

We will be featuring the Heart Add-ons in our January Zoom class. Learn more by watching this quick preview video:

GIVEAWAY:
To celebrate the release each of the Design Team members and I 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, December 18, 2023. 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!

Karen Burniston <---- YOU ARE HERE

Lois Bak

Sue Small-Kreider

Frances Byrne

Jennifer Webster

Fran Sabad

Suzanne Smit

Nicky Foden

Sandy Diller

Here are the dies and supplies used in the video:

 

 


Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 76: Naughty or Nice?

Happy December and welcome to our 76th Designer Challenge with a theme of "Naughty or Nice?" I challenged the team to incorporate a stocking into their card.

For my card and video I'm teaching the stacked double-oven technique from a recent Zoom class. This card combines pieces from the Oven Pop-up and Oven Extras die sets, among others.

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Learn how to make this card by watching the full YouTube tutorial here:

My card is a 5x6 top fold card and features the stocking from the Stocking Pop-up on the front of the card, filled with Baking Charms. The gingerbread cookie border comes from Christmas Borders 1. Patterned paper for the card front is from Simple Stories.

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Open the card to reveal a stacked double oven and spring-up kitchen island. The island is animated using the Bam Box Pop-up. Because the challenge theme featured stockings I added the small stockings from Fireplace Extras 1 to the cabinets. I also used the greenery, berries and holly from that same set. The patterned papers came from my stash.

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The ovens can be opened to reveal a sheet of cookies in the upper oven and a turkey in the lower oven.

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My inspiration for this card was a class card from our November Zoom class. Zoom class kits are available only through participating stores. It's possible that one of the stores still has kits for the red oven version of the card. Check our Events page for links to the participating stores.

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Ready to give this card a try? Here are the links for the dies and supplies used in my card:

Another class card that made its way into a YouTube video is the Twist Flower Poinsettia Card from our July Zoom class. Learn this card here:

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Time to check out the wonderful NAUGHTY OR NICE? 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!

Jen Webster used the Parcel Pop-up to lift up a Mini Gift Bag filled with fun presents, including a little stocking. This is such a wonderful mix of dies and, as usual, features Jen's signature coloring. Click over to her blog to see the card front. Exquisite!

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Sandy Diller has some Tiny Gnomes up to all sorts of mischief on her Fireplace Pop-up card. Some are even posing as a tree! Click over to Sandy's blog for a video walk-through of this hilarious card! 

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Nicky Foden uses our brand new Raising Platform Pop-up (available on our website starting next week) to raise up the upper portion of her tree. I love all the fun elements to this clever card. Click over to her blog for a full photo tutorial. Amazing!

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Sue Small-Kreider used a clever modification of the Twist Flower mechanism to twist and pop-up two circles featuring naughty or nice stockings. Be sure to click over to Sue's blog for a wealth of information about this card, including photos and video. I love it!

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Suzanne Smit made a Rockin' Rectangle pop-up card that features cute Christmas Animals reindeer peeking out of the stockings. I love how she also incorporated the matching stocking border. Ho ho ho - you'll definitely want to click over to see more more more!


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Lois Bak created a lovely Fireplace easel card featuring greenery and cute stockings. I love how she used Merry Christmas as the easel stop. Click over to Lois's blog post to see this card closed. Wonderful!

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Lois also posted a bonus DC card featuring the new Raising Platform Pop-up (available next week from our website).

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Fran Sabad created this fabulous Stocking Pop-up card featuring curious mice from the Christmas Animals decking the halls and swiping the candy. I love all the beautiful layers and detailing to this card. Click over to Fran's blog to see the equally-impressive card front.

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Frances Byrne combined pop-ups for this slimline card featuring the new Raising Platform and Stocking Pop-up, plus a flat version of the Fireplace on the card front. The festive colors and styling to this card are a feast for the eyes! Click over to Frances's blog to see more.

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Well we hope we've inspired you to be nice (not naughty) so Santa will fill your stocking with dies! Tune in next year (tee tee) on January 3, 2024 for our next Designer Challenge with a theme of RAISE IT UP! We will all be using the Raising Platform Pop-up in our projects. 

Happy Crafting!

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Sneak Peek - Karen Burniston December 2023 Release

It's our Sneak Peek Week for our December release. These seven 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 December 11, 2023. This is a collection bursting with love and in addition to some great card making dies and add-ons, we've got you covered with tags, bags and boxes perfect for gift-giving throughout the year.

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Learn about these new dies by watching this Preview Video. Huge thanks to our talented design team for sending so many great cards and projects.

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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.

On Monday, December 11th we will have a blog hop that includes prizes for leaving comments and the new dies will be available for purchase from our website. 

We will also offer a Zoom class in January and a Virtual YouTube class in February featuring this release. If you are interested in bundling class kits with the new dies, you can do so by contacting one of these four stores:

Scrapp'n Savvy  
Stamped Designs
Dutch Paper Crafts
Creative Pals
 
Jan 2024 Zoom Required Dies
Feb 2024 Virtual Required Dies
 

Stay tuned for lots of ideas this week!

Happy Crafting!

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