Charity Blog Hop - Kat Scrappiness and Coffee Oasis Youth

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Welcome! Today we are participating in a wonderful charity blog hop organized by Kat Scrappiness. It's for The Coffee Oasis - a very worthy cause benefitting homeless youth. You can find out all about the cause and hop on the Kat Scrappiness blog here: 

http://katscrappinessblog.com/charity-blog-hop/

As a sponsor, we are giving away a set of the two dies used in my Snowman Double Spinner card. Two lucky winners will each receive the Spinner Square and Snowman die sets. (Winners may opt for a $30 store credit in lieu of the dies if they already own one or both)
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There are two ways to participate and enter prize drawings in this blog hop.
  • Option One: Create a winter themed card and enter it into the blog hop. If you are entering your card to the blog hop, just click on "Add Your Link" at the bottom of the list (scroll all the way to the bottom of the post to find the list) and follow the instructions, it's quick and easy! If you have any questions on how to enter the blog hop, please contact Kat Scrappiness and they will be happy to help.

  • Option Two: Leave a comment on the blogs and YouTube channels participating in the hop! We will pick a super commenter to win a prize too!
You have until December 13, 2018 to enter with either comments or by adding a card to the hop. (Or both!)
 
Earlier this week I posted a video tutorial for our monthly designer challenge teaching a Double Spinner Tag Card. Here is that video:
 
 
I love this technique so much that I wanted to show another version. Here is the video tutorial. It is the exact same double spinner technique a in the video above, just modified for a hand-cut tag card. I also show a fun technique for creating a deboss pattern using die cut shapes and cutting pads.
 
 
For this version I cut my own tag card and made it a little taller than the ones made using the Tag Book die set. The snowman card measures 3.75" x 6" when closed. A snowman peeks through the window from the side, even giving a little wave with his stick arm.
 
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As the card opens you get a glimpse that all the snowman parts are separated. The spinners start to move everything into position.
 
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Once open, the snowman is assembled. The greeting stamp is from Stacey Yakula for Purple Onion Designs.
 
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If you'd like to make this card you'll need just two dies, some cardstock, a scrap of transparency for the window pane, enamel dots or rhinestones for buttons, a greeting stamp (or hand write your own) and ribbon for the scarf and tags. Here are some shopping links:

One last thing before I send you hopping with the links below. Please consider a donation of any amount to this wonderful cause. You can learn more about them here: Coffee Oasis Youth Programs. Here's just a little snippet from their website:

Our goal is to be “out there.” Wherever they are. In the midst of whatever they’re going through.
To compassionately guide troubled and at-risk youth into lives of dignity, integrity and responsibility.
To see not just youth lives changed, but the world around them change and become a place that cares for hurting youth.

The Coffee Oasis offers all resources, services, activities, and programs without regard to religious beliefs, race, color, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.

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Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 16 - Ink it!

Well I can't believe it's December already. How did that happen?!

This month we have a theme of "Ink it!" where I challenged the team to use some sort of ink technique (or paints, pastes or sprays) in a card of any theme. The results are impressive as usual! For my card and video I'm teaching a fun Double Spinner Tag Card. 

This video is longer than usual because of the ink techniques, so here are your section stops for sliding ahead: 1:55 for Ink it! 5:00 for Cutting the Window! 5:52 for Double Spinners! 12:21 for Decorating the Spinners! 14:52 for Finishing the Card!

 

This card is made using the large tag, hinge and hole protectors included in the Tag Book die set. You can alternately create your own tag-shaped card measuring 3" x 6" when closed. The front decor is made using the Wine Charms die set, plus a frame from the Spinner Square.

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As the card opens, the scene visible through the window starts to come to life. The wine bottle starts to pour and a wine glass spins into view. This is accomplished with two Spinner Square mechanisms.

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Once open, the scene is revealed. The greeting is a Riley and Co. Funny Bones stamp.

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A piece of embroidery floss acts as the pouring wine. The leaves are from the Autumn Elements die set, meant to give the feel of grape vines. 

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The nice thing about this double spinner tag card technique is that it's so universal for any theme imaginable. Don't like wine? (Wait . . .what?!) Try it in a different theme. Here's a holiday version using the Flowers and Bee die set instead of the Wine Charms. By cutting the petals into points, the flowers resemble poinsettias. The same maple leaf as in the wine card can be trimmed into holly leaves.

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For this version I added scalloped squares from the Spinner Square set to each of the spinners. They start to move as the card is opened.

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Once opened the greeting is revealed. The stamp is Verve, from my stash. The banners come included with the Tag Book die set. Papers are very old holiday designs from my stash.

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Ready to give this technique a try? Here are links to the products used on the two versions shown. 

 


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Check out the clever inky ideas by the design team. In each case, click their name to open a new window with their blog post. On their blog posts you'll find more photos, supply lists, instructions and even videos about their cards.

Helen Cryer inked her background in a gorgeous ombre effect for this Sleigh Pop-up card.  The colors are hip and happy and I love the addition of the ribbon bow to the featured present below the greeting. I say it every month, but this card is Helencredible!

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Kelly Booth created this stunning Tag Book which started all white before she layered on the ink for a festive bright blue background. She even inked the ribbon to match! I love the details on this, including the frosty glittery trees and reindeer from the Christmas Animals set. Perfection!

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Irene Mendes combined the Charm Accordion die set with houses from the House Pivot Panels die set for this fabulous 4-page staggered accordion. The details, like one plaid page, bows above the pivots, dimensional snow and little plaid houses are darling!

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Shelly Hickox knows her way around inks! For this gorgeous Twist Panel card she created the backgrounds with stamps and inks plus she has great tips for how to highlight stamped images after watercoloring. The stacked foiled Alphabet letters for the JOY greeting are brilliant!

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Lois Bak created an amazing northern lights effect for this pretty house-on-a-hill card. The Tree Pop-up adorns the yard with a tire swing providing the perfect perch for gazing at the night sky. Really lovely!

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Sandy Diller has posted a full video tutorial for this marvelous Circle Charm scene. Her video shows how she makes foam stamps from the snowflake dies to stamp, emboss and ink the bright blue snowy background. Love her addition of the little animals to the scene!

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Frances Byrne knows how to create a scene! This month is no exception with this fabulous glimpse at the north pole preparations for team Santa. Frances used the Katherine Label to animate the greeting as the card is opened. She also embellished the landscape with die cut evergreen trees.

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Karen Aicken combined the most beautiful colors for this Sleigh Pop-up card. I love the black sleigh filled with shiny treasures. The background and the sleigh are both inked with stencils for a custom look. Gorgeous!

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Summer Hills-Painter has the perfect idea for dressed up gift card giving. She created a magical winter wonderland on the front of the card with the Outdoor Scene die and a snow-splattered sky. Inside the card she's featured the Gift Card Label. 

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Fran Sabad wraps us up this month (and year!) with this absolutely adorable Tag Book featuring an inked background and some very cute snowmen stamps. She also used our big script Merry Christmas and the Nature Edges.

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Have a wonderful December and we hope you'll join us next month (and year) on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 for our next challenge, with a theme of "NEW!" - everyone will be trying something new - either a technique, color scheme, theme, style, etc.

Happy Crafting!

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Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 15 - Christmas Tree!

Happy November!

Christmas is fast approaching so for this challenge we thought we'd inspire you with cards using Christmas Trees. Get ready for some jaw-dropping inspiration by the team below. Of course I say this every month, but this month they REALLY hit it out of the park. Like out of the park and across town. Just sayin'!

For my card and video I combined the mechanism from the Snowman Twist Circle die set (with an extra two folds to alter the action) with the trees from the Evergreen Pivot Panels. Our die sets are always backwards-compatible with the dies from previous collections. After all, you're investing in tools that don't wear out, so our goal is to bring out new dies that also bring new looks (and techniques) to previous dies. 

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Here's the full YouTube video tutorial for this card:

This top-fold card measures 4.25" x 5" when closed, so it will mail easily in an A2 envelope. I decorated the front to match the styling of the interior.

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As the card starts to open the forest starts to twist up into place. Watch the video to learn how I adapted the pop-up mechanism of the Snowman Twist Circle to create this effect.

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Once the card is open a forest of Christmas trees is revealed. The trees lend themselves well to this technique because they are small and look great bunched together, but do experiment with other small items to make different scenes. Perhaps our charm sets or nature/animal dies.

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Want to give this technique a try? You will find our die sets at independent craft stores and some of your favorite online retailers worldwide. For USA customers, we've added a list to our website of local stores who carry our products. We'd love for you to shop local when you can - we need to support our local stores! Click here to check: Where to Find Us. Here are the products I used in the video. 

 

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Get ready for a dozen AHHHHMAZING cards from our talented design team. If you click their names you'll go to their blog posts, where you will find supply lists, tutorials, videos and more! 

Summer Hills-Painter starts us off with this hip holiday Evergreen Pivot Panels card. I love the way she cut the interior paper using the Rectangles Crosshatch to give the interesting edge detail and then drew colors from the paper for her pop-up trees. This card is so joyful with the pretty bows topping each tree. Fabulous!

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Karen Aicken created this absolutely gorgeous neighborhood house by combining the Christmas Trees Pop Stand die set with the House and Fence die set. She used the mechanism from the pop stand for all three pop-up elements. I love the white patterned trees with wreath toppers and the big round baubles for the greeting areas.  Karen also shares a really great tip for how you can do a wide card like this and still fit it into a standard Big Shot for cutting the tabs. Click over to her blog to learn her method.

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Frances Byrne created this festive triple tree card using the Christmas Trees Pop Stand and a wonderful mix of patterns for the background. Stripes and harlequins with mod fresh colors - perfection! Plus Frances added a stamped Santa for an extra touch of whimsy. Love it!

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Fran Sabad created two cards for the challenge using the Christmas Trees Pop Stand for both, but with different styles. The first is an elegant card, using whites and metallics for a classy feel. The second has traditional colors and the mouse from the Christmas Animals decorating the tree for a fun whimsical feel. What a great illustration of how dies are simply tools for your imagination and you are always in control of the colors, textures and styling. Same die, two feels!

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Kelly Booth rocks her signature teal color in this amazing Christmas Trees Pop Stand card. I love the mix of colors with the plaid and the pretty garlands. The front of the card is just as lovely, so definitely click over to check it out. I love Kelly's ability to mix solids with a touch of pattern. 

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Shelly Hickox is celebrating the birth of her first grandchild this week. Congratulations, Hickox family! Lucky for us, she already had her challenge card ready to go and it is a stunner! The styling on the Sleigh for the front of the card with the wooden paneling is exquisite, and then when you open the card up pops a forest of trees from the Christmas Trees Pop Stand die set adorned with a deer and a cardinal. What a Shellypiece!

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Sandy Diller cleverly cut the tree from the Christmas Trees Pop Stand die set right into the front of the card so she gets a double-sided pop-up! What a great technique! And it gets even better, because if you click on Sandy's name you'll go to her blog post where she had posted a full YouTube video for this card. Sandy explains things so well and I definitely encourage you to subscribe to her YouTube channel.

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Helen Cryer always finds the perfect mix of paper and colors to create incredible cards. I love this combination of the Twist Panel Die Set along with the Evergreen Pivot Panels. The red trees are so festive! As I always say . . . Helencredible!

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Irene Mendes made a floating forest of trees using the Christmas Trees Pop Stand on the floating floor mechanism from the House and Fence Pop-up. I love how the deer from the patterned paper is hidden behind the forest on the back wall of the card. The wreaths hung on top of the trees are a great touch! Exquisite!

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Lois Bak really knows her way around creating a scene and this Explosion Pop-up card is no exception! I love how she combined the tree from the Christmas Trees Pop Stand onto the pop-up and then decorated the room with accessories from the Sleigh set. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

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But wait! Here's a bonus card from Lois for her daughter who lives in sunny Florida. How clever to decorate the Palm Tree Pop-up for Christmas! I love it!

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So how about it? Have these ideas inspired you to decorate a few paper trees of your own? Pop-up Christmas cards are keepers! Join us next month, on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 for Designer Challenge 16, with a theme of "Ink it!" - the team will be showing off pop-up cards featuring inking techniques. We hope you'll join us!

Happy Crafting!

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Oct 2018 Save the Crafty YouTubers Video Hop

We are proud to be a sponsor of the October 2018 Save the Crafty YouTubers Video Hop. 

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A huge thanks to Justine Hovey for organizing this huge event. She explains it so well:

"The Save the Crafty YouTuber Video hop is a celebration of cardmaking video tutorials created by a group of talented crafters of all different styles and levels. We are coming together over 5 days to give our viewers a chance to discover other amazing cardmakers and help reach monetization goals! All you have to do is watch, like the video, consider subscribing, and click the link in the video description below to hop to the next video. Let yourself be inspired! Don’t forget to comment because we have tons of prizes to give away. Please indicate if you are located in the USA or International so that prizes can be awarded appropriately as some prizes (not all!) have restrictions on them. Don’t forget to check back every day this week since there are 5 themed days of video hops! You never know when you’ll discover your next favourite YouTuber!

For my video I show how to create a bottom-fold magnetic-closure window card that reveals a pop-up Christmas Tree when you open it. If you leave a comment on the YouTube video (click to watch and comment on YouTube, not here on the blog) by November 7, 2018, you are entered into a drawing to win the three die sets I used in the video. Winners will be contacted on Nov. 10th. Here's my video. Remember, you need to leave the comment on YouTube to be entered, not here on the blog.

If you are just joining the hop, you're actually on Day 5, which means you have four additional days of hopping to put on your to-watch list! FUN! PRIZES!* (*until Nov 7, 2018)

The hop is broken into 5 themed days so that it is more manageable for you to go through.

Click here for the Day 5 Advanced Techniques Video Hop - (24 Videos) <----- OR JUST START AT MY VIDEO AND HOP FROM THERE.
 
Here are some additional photos and information about my card.
 
In the closed position it measures 4.25" x 5" and will mail easily in an A2 envelope. I particularly like this technique because it makes full use of the pop-up tree by letting it do the decorating for the front of the card AND the inside. Bonus! I added some die cut garlands (included in the tree set) and the leftover enamel dots as front decoration.
 
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To open the card, simply lift the magnetic flap at the top.
 
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 Once open the tree will stand up in the center of the card and the middle parts will expand.
 
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Behind the tree I added the big Merry Christmas greeting (cut twice and offset for a shadowed look) and a frame created with the Squares- Crosshatch die set. (All supply links are at the end of this post) The patterned papers came from my stash.
 
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If you'd like to give this card a try I have the products used in the video linked below.

Happy Hopping!


Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 14 - Happy Fall, Y'all!

Happy October! Here in South Texas we still have humid hot weather.

For my card and video I crafted what I would love to see outside - trees with changing and falling leaves. I used the Tree Pop-up combined with the base of the Palm Tree Pop-up to create a grove of three autumn trees. This exact technique could be used to style the tree for any season, so think of winter trees with snow on the branches, spring trees full of blooms, and summer trees with picnic baskets.

My card measures 4.75" x 6" when folded and will mail easily in an A7 envelope for no additional postage. I mimicked the look of the card's interior for a simple lead-in on the card's front.

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As the card opens, the trees start to pop-up.

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Once open a grove of three autumn trees pops up in the middle, shedding brightly-colored leaves.

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Here's a closer look at the trees and the tire swing. 

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I used patterned papers from my stash, but this card would look good with any papers. 

Our products are sold at independent and online retailers throughout the world. We are always looking for more retailer partners, so please ask for our products at your local stores. Otherwise, we do sell on our website. Here are the links to the products used on my card:

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Our extremely talented Design Team has once again hit it out of the park with their amazing Fall projects. If you click their names you'll go to their blog posts, where you will find supply lists, tutorials, videos and more!

Shelly Hickox created this amazing floating leaves staggered Charm Accordion by using clear panels behind the leaves. What an amazing effect! She has a full tutorial on her blog post, so definitely check it out!

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Karen Aicken cleverly stacked two Pivot Panels into one card to create a delightfully spooky Halloween card. I just love all the dimension and elements in this card.

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Sandy Diller created a double spinner in a top fold card and has a full YouTube tutorial video to teach you how to achieve this technique with the Spinner Square die set. In addition, her vellum wreath of leaves and squirrel popping out of the pumpkin are beautiful touches.

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Kelly Booth chose muted beautiful colors for this fall leaves card featuring the Circle Charm Pop-up doubled. The Distress Oxide inking for the leaves is perfection and I love the use of the clouds edge as a border.

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Frances Byrne combined the Twist Panel die set with the House Pivot Panels to create this delightfully wicked Halloween card. I love all the spooky elements and the wonderful sky. 

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Summer Hills-Painter created this gorgeously rich autumn-colored Frame Pull Pop-up card. I love the Woodland Animals holding the leaves on the front. How charming!

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Fran Sabad combined the Evergreen Pivot Panels with the Woodland Animals and plenty of leaves for a splendoriffic fall card. The combinations on this card are beautiful.

FS_KB-Evergreen-Pivot-01-openLois Bak created this eerie haunted house card using the House and Fence Pop-up plus our Halloween dies. I love that spooky graveyard on the front of the card and the flying bats over the house. Fabulous!

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Irene Mendes combined elements so beautifully in this rich autumn Spinner Square card. Her skillful mix of patterned papers and die cut elements are so striking and this card is a feast for the eyes.

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Helen Cryer has such a gift for mixing colors and patterns and this Halloween card is no exception. I love the mix of yellows, oranges and grays with accents of wood. Helen used the Upsy Daisy Pop-up for this fabulous card.

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Well hopefully you're inspired to welcome Fall with some handcrafted cards. Join us next month on November 7, 2018 for our next challenge with a theme of CHRISTMAS TREE. The team will be incorporating trees into their cards.

Happy Crafting!

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Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 13 - House!

Happy September! It's been a busy few days already with the September Release now available for pre-order on KarenBurniston.com as well as the announcement of three new Design Team members, expanding our team from seven to ten. For this month's challenge the theme is House, and team members were instructed to create a card of any theme but incorporating either the House & Fence Pop-up die set OR the new House Pivot Panels die set OR some sort of house image from a stamp set or paper.

For my card and video I decided to use the House Pivot Panels for a Halloween card, also using the new Halloween Charms. I thought it would be fun to cut a house-shaped window (you know me - I never met a pop-up card that wasn't calling out for a window! grin) into the front of the card to line up with one of the pop-up houses when the card is closed. Watch the video to learn this technique:

My card is a landscape A2 card - 4.25" x 5.5" when closed, and will mail easily in an A2 envelope. I used the Circles-Crosshatch set for the rings on the card's front and the Halloween Charms to decorate. All of the papers on my card were just old ones from my stash.

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As the card opens, the House Pivot Panels start to pop-up.

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Once open a neighborhood pops up, perfect for Trick-or-Treating. 

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Here's a closer look at the houses, cut from solid colors of cardstock. I stamped the yellow ones with an old spider web stamp from my stash. The "Halloween Hello" stamp is from a Stampin' Up! set of the same name. I glued the moon charm to the back of a chimney so it floats above the houses and then attached one of the bat charms to the moon.

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Our products are sold at independent and online retailers throughout the world. We are always looking for more retailer partners, so please ask for our products at your local stores. Otherwise, we do sell on our website. New dies will start shipping September 10, 2018. Here are the links to the products used on my card:

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We're excited to have our new team members joining in for this month's challenge. If you're new to our challenge format, our design team members post their challenge creations on their own blogs on the first Tuesday of each month. (*Next month we're a week later) Then, on Wednesday I post a compilation blog post (you're reading it!) including my card and video for the challenge as well as photos and links to each of their projects. You are highly encouraged to click the name of each designer to visit their blog (in a new window, so no worries about losing this post if you click) to see more photos, full supply lists and tips about their individual projects. Let's start with our three newest members:

Sandy Diller (Arizona) was on the Design Team during my licensing days and we were thrilled when Sandy applied for an expansion slot. She not only creates amazing combinations with the die sets, but also teaches cards on YouTube. For this month's challenge she created a double floating floor using the House & Fence die and then crafted the most amazing picturesque property, complete with matching dog house! So clever!

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Irene Mendes (Portugal) has an amazingly soft, pretty, layered style that works beautifully with our dies. For this Tag Book she incorporated some gorgeous papers and house elements to decorate. We are excited to welcome Irene as our fourth international Design Team member. (Note: her blog is easily translated using the translate button at the top of the blog page.)

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Lois Bak (Florida) has been wowing us with her clean, classy style with clever touches and tons of whimsy. Lois incorporates a mix of stamps and blending techniques into her projects for beautiful results. For this challenge she created a 3-page Fancy Accordion card featuring the Fancy Flourish Frames and some sweet home-themed stamps. I like Lois's choice to start with a mountain fold on the Fancy Accordion so the first label will fold inward.

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Shelly Hickox (Mississippi) combined the House Pivot Panels with the Twist Panel die set plus some of our Halloween dies for an absolutely spooktacular card. Check out the clever and unique ways she styled each house in this chilling pop-up neighborhood. Amazing!

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Frances Byrne (Australia) used the new House Pivot Panels in the Tag Book die set for a holiday card in a fresh mod color scheme. I love how her patterned paper seamlessly integrates with the row of house. She also used the perfect greeting stamps for the theme. So festive!

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Kelly Booth (Arizona) created a new home card using the House Pivot Panels with the Twist Panel die set. What a great color scheme for this card. I love, too, how Kelly used the Happy portion of the Happy Birthday die with a decorator house for the front of the card. Gorgeous!

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Karen Aicken (Canada) shows an awesome combination of both Pivot Panels die sets - the Evergreen and the House. She created a row of trees and houses to mix up the look. It's a wonderful color scheme for a Thanksgiving card. So pretty!

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Fran Sabad (Kentucky) created an absolutely darling little elf village for this holiday card using the House Pivot Panels. What a wonderful mix of stamps, dies and papers. Everything about this card is made of happy!

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Summer Hills-Painter (California) posted her in-progress photos of this incredible inked background and everyone was excited to see the finished card. This is an incredible mix of the House Pivot Panels and Twist Panel for a fabulously eerie neighborhood. I love how Summer used the brick stencil feature of the House & Fence set to put a brick texture on the small houses. Amazing!

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Helen Cryer (England) also mixed the House & Fence with the House Pivot Panels for a charming neighborhood. Helen has such a talent for mixing pretty patterned papers and creating such sweet scenes. I love the bunting on the front of the fence and the clever way she used the small foliage piece from the House Pivot Panels to fill in the larger Tree. Helencredible!

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What amazing inspiration for home-themed cards! We're proud of our amazing team, representing five different states and five different countries. Join us next month on Wednesday, October 10th for our Designer Challenge with a theme of "Happy Fall, Y'all!" - the team will be making autumn-themed cards.

Happy Crafting!

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September 2018 Die Release Sneak Peeks start today!

It's one week until September and that means sneak peeks of the new dies coming September 1st to KarenBurniston.com

We've also been on the move! We've moved our Kansas offices from Edwardsville to Topeka. As you can imagine, trying to juggle a move with a new release has been (shall we say) challenging, but we're excited for our bigger space and Tanya and Sue definitely appreciate the new lake view!

Here's the release schedule:

August 25, 2018 (that's today!) - Design Team members are free to start sharing their projects using new dies on their own blogs. Facebook users will find links to those projects throughout the week on our Facebook Page and in our fun community fan group - Karen Burniston Pop-up Peeps

August 25, 2018 (also today!) - Stores will be able to pre-order the dies. If you have a local store in your area, please ask for our products. Store orders ship first!

September 1, 2018 (that's a week from today!) - the dies will be loaded onto KarenBurniston.com for pre-order. (Your local store may also be taking pre-orders, and did I mention the part where we ship to stores first? Just sayin' . . . )

September 4, 2018 - Store orders start shipping!

September 10, 2018 - website pre-orders start shipping!

Throughout this week I'll be putting up blog posts with samples and the video assembly tutorials on the new dies. For now, check out this collection preview video:

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In other news, we received a tremendous response to our Design Team call and we're all feeling a little regretful that there are only two spots to fill. As our company grows our team will grow as well, so thank you to everyone who applied and if you don't get one of the spots this time, we definitely hope that you will re-apply for our next call. We will notify the two new team members on August 30th.

 Happy Crafting!

 


Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 12 - Charmed!

Happy August! 

For this month's Designer Challenge the theme is "Charmed" and the team was challenged to use any of our Charm dies for a card of any theme. 

Last month I posted an Upsy Daisy window card called My Knight Pop-up Card and got several requests for a full video tutorial on the technique. I decided to make a coffee-themed version for this month's challenge. Here is the full video tutorial:

When closed, this card measures 4.25" x 4.25" (10.8 cm x 10.8 cm) and will fit nicely in an A2 envelope and mail for a single stamp. The technique for getting the stamped or line drawn look is to cut and assemble the coffee charm out of all white cardstock and use the stencil features of the dies plus tracing around the edges to achieve the look. 

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As the card opens the colorful coffee cup starts to lift up, attached to a platform from the Upsy Daisy Pop-up die set.

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Once open, the colorful coffee cup stands on the table in front of the card along with a banner saying hello. The greeting is a Funny Bones (Riley and Co.) stamp. 

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Karen Burniston (KB Riley) die sets are available at many independent craft stores throughout the world. If your local craft store doesn't carry our line, please ask them to contact us. We're always looking for more retailer partners and it would be great to be in your area. If you are sadly without any local stores, you can always shop online. Here are links to the products used in the video.

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These six Charmed cards are sure to knock your socks off! Click on each designer's name to check out their blog post, where you will find more photos, supply lists, tips, etc.

Summer Hils-Painter created this mocha-rrific Tag Book Pop-up featuring the Coffee Charms. I just love the color scheme on this card and the mix of stamps and dies. Perfection!

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Fran Sabad created this wonderful tropical Circle Charm card as a congratulatory card. I love the way she created the palm tree element using the Beach Charms.


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Frances Byrne created this fabulous coffee-themed Upsy Daisy card. Such a great mix of charms, larger dies and the Alphabet set. The pink/brown color scheme is so chic!

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Karen Aicken created this masterpiece of a charm star book using the Charm Accordion. WOW! This is just tremendous! I love all the charms dangling in the openings and the clever scalloped edging to the pages.

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Helen Cryer always has such a way with color and pattern. This Charm Accordion is no exception and I love her signature technique of cutting a circle through the back of the card as another place to dangle a charm. Helen mixed the Beach and Sweet Treats charms.

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Kelly Booth created this seascape staggered Charm Accordion and it's wonderful from all angles! I love the styling on the flip-flops from the Beach Charms and the cute coloring of the crab from the Sea Animals.

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So? How about it? Do you feel CHARMED?! I know I do! Join us next month on Wednesday, September 5th for our next Designer Challenge with a theme of "House".

Happy Crafting!

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Karen Burniston + Darkroom Door Blog Hop

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Welcome to our fun collaborative blog hop with the designers from Darkroom Door! You've landed on the stop for the projects by Karen Burniston (that's me!) and Tanya Kostynuk, my business partner and the other half of KB Riley LLC. If you hop through all the stops you'll be inspired by TWENTY designers!

But wait, there's more! Both Darkroom Door and Karen Burniston (KB Riley) will be giving away prize packs, with winners randomly chosen from ALL of the blog hop comments received by Sunday, July 29th, 2018. Lots of chances to win some goodies, so just leave a comment on this post or any other blog hop post to enter!

For my project I wanted to show yet another take on a Staggered Charm Accordion. This time I made a 3-page card with rectangles to replace the pivoting squares and charm frames. This gives a larger surface area to fill with stamped images, like the gorgeous Collage Seaside Squares rubber stamp. I also used the Brushed Sentiments stamp set for the greeting. Learn how I made this project by watching this 8 minute assembly video.

When closed, the card measures 3.25" x 4.25" and mails easily in an A2 envelope. The patterned papers on my project are Kaisercraft from my stash.

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I used colored pencils to color the six seaside squares and then cut them out and added them to rectangles that were edged using the Crosshatch Rectangles die set. Then I used the hinge die included in the Charm Accordion to hinge the rectangles together. The sentiment is from the Brushed Sentiments stamp set. (All supply links are at the very bottom of this blog post)

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With this side view you can see the other hinge connecting the second and third rectangles. I added brads to the hinges.

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Tanya decided to use the Upsy Daisy Pop-up die set two ways. For her first card, she used just one of the platforms in a side-fold card and added a stamped and colored flamingo from the Tropical Birds stamp set. She also mixed in the grass edge from the Nature Edges, Happy Birthday, Flowers and Bee and our Crosshatch Rectangles.

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Here's a closer look at the fabulous flamingos!

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Tanya also wanted to use the Upsy Daisy in a top-fold card to show off the Under the Sea stamp set and make it look like an aquarium. She used the two platforms as usual, but without the suspended center square. There are so many possibilities with the Upsy Daisy die set!

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For the card's front, Tanya used the Tropical Scene set to create a tropical lead-in for the beautiful aquarium inside.

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Here's a closer look at Tanya's beautiful coloring on the fish.

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Ready for more inspiration?! Keep on hopping and make sure you leave a comment on at least one blog to enter the giveaway for prizes. Supply links for Karen and Tanya's projects are at the very bottom of this post. Happy hopping and a huge thank you to Rachel, the designers at Darkroom Door, our design team and special guests for this fun collaboration!

Darkroom Door / Rachel Greig: 
https://www.darkroomdoor.com/Blog/dd-kb-blog-hop

KB Riley LLC / Karen Burniston & Tanya Kostynuk <----- YOU ARE HERE

Belinda Spencer: 
https://happyscrapspace.blogspot.com/2018/07/darkroom-door-karen-burniston-blog-hop.html 

Summer Hills-Painter
https://1craftypainter.blogspot.com/2018/07/its-hop.html 

Teresa Abajo: 
https://thetamarisk.blogspot.com/2018/07/darkroom-door-karen-burniston-blog-hop.html 

Karen Aicken


Anneke De Clerck: 
https://somefiddlingonthekitchentable.blogspot.com/2018/07/darkroom-door-karen-burniston-bloghop.html

Frances Byrne


Godelieve Tijskens: 
https://stampingmathilda.blogspot.com/2018/07/darkroom-door-karen-burniston-bloghop.html

Shelly Hickox


Anna-Karin Evaldsson:
httphttps://layersofink.blogspot.com/2018/07/darkroom-door-and-karen-burniston-blog.html

Mary Prasad


Robyn Wood: 
http://purplesalt.net/2018/07/24/darkroom-door-karen-burniston-blog-hop/

Fran Sabad


Connie Mercer: 
https://www.craftygoodies.com/2018/07/darkroom-door-karen-burniston-blog-hop.html 

Kelly Booth


Autumn Clark: 
https://sewpaperpaint.blogspot.com/2018/07/darkroom-door-stamps-karen-burniston-die-cuts.html 

Helen Cryer


Kymona Tracey: 
https://wp.me/p3TRKZ-2Sa 

 

SUPPLY LINKS FOR KAREN'S CARD:

SUPPLY LINKS FOR TANYA'S CARDS:

 

 


USA Staggered Charm Accordion

Well it's a pretty soggy 4th of July here in the Houston area. It's been steadily pouring rain for hours and we're under flash flood advisory.

Since we can't do our cookout, I decided on a craft-in!

This morning I posted our July Designer Challenge with a theme of Sweet Summer and posted a new video teaching a technique for assembling the Charm Accordion die set with staggered squares. In honor of Independence Day I made a patriotic version.

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On the front of the card I die cut stars from white glitter paper. The large star came from the Circle Charm die set and the smaller one comes included with the Charm Accordion set. The red striped paper was from my stash. The scalloped frame from the Upsy Daisy Pop-up fits the squares of the Charm Accordion perfectly.

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When opened, the card resembles a flag. Glittered star charms dangle in the small frames. Our chunky Alphabet die was used for the USA letters.

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To create the inlaid letters, I cut them from the pages themselves and then also from two layers of black cardstock. I used the negative cut-outs behind the letter-shaped openings on each page. Then I sunk the original letters back into the opening, creating the reverse eclipse effect. You can learn this technique in last month's Designer Challenge Video.

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Learn how to create a staggered Charm Accordion by watching today's video:

 Here are the items used on my patriotic version:

Happy Independence Day!

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