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karenburniston
Paper Crafter and Licensed Designer for Elizabeth Craft Designs, specializing in pop-ups
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For some reason our childhood birthdays came with a painful ritual - an adult relative (Grandpa, uncle, etc.) would spank us (one swat for every year) and then end it by saying "and a pinch to grow an inch" and... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at I am not left-handed
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Because I missed getting a newsletter out in March, I combined the Designer Challenge for March: Make 'em Laugh, along with the Designer Challenge for April: Accordions with DC Team and Friends into one double Secret Word giveaway with this... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at I am not left-handed
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Today I'm sharing a couple of Heart Pivot cards for themes other than Valentines or Love and in colors other than pinks and reds. After all, a heart is a great all-purpose shape. Dust off that Heart Pivot Card die... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at I am not left-handed
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Today I'm sharing a card using the House Pivot Card #902. This die is such a great all-purpose die for many themes; Welcome to the Neighborhood, Congrats on your new Home, Welcome Home, Home is where the Heart is, Open... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at I am not left-handed
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I'm blogging on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog with this month's Designer Challenge. You will not want to miss all the amazing inspiration on that post from the Designer Challenge Team and ten talented guests invited by the team. I've... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at I am not left-handed
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Today I'm blogging on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog with this month's Pop it Ups Designer Challenge. The theme this month is Make 'em Laugh and the team plus guest designer did a fabulous job making funny cards. For my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at I am not left-handed
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Here is a card I made recently for my niece. The front of the card is very simple - just a piece of shiny bling cardstock embossed with the Lots of Dots embossing folder. I stamped the greeting (the rubber... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at I am not left-handed
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Last night: ME: Hey Emma, can I put this pink Eiffel Tower on the front of this bathtub? I really like it there, for some reason. EMMA: Well it looks cool, but how do they go together? What's the reason... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2015 at I am not left-handed
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Congratulations to Joyce, who entered and won this month's Secret Word Giveaway. The secret word was to incorporate the word Artsy or the word Cutesy into a comment on the February Designer Challenge Post. A random number generator was used... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at I am not left-handed
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Somehow nearly a year has gone by since I took these pictures of Karl and Emma. Emma has since chopped her hair into a short pixie cut. Just last night Karl got his hair buzzed, too. Both of my children... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at I am not left-handed
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Happy Valentines Day! Here's a card that would make a great Valentine but also can be used all year round just to say hello to someone you love. This is a Rectangle Pull Card featuring Honey the Bear, who I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at I am not left-handed
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This was my Make 'n Take project at CHA. If you're in Southern California you can head over to Hearts 'n Crafts in Covina on Saturday where Vesta Myers will be demonstrating the new Accordion dies. The Eiffel Tower card... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at I am not left-handed
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Today I'm blogging on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog with this month's Pop it Ups Designer Challenge. The theme this month is Artsy or Cutesy and I gave the team and our two guest designers these instructions: FEBRUARY - Artsy... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at I am not left-handed
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This month's Pop it Ups Designer Challenge has two parts. Here are the instructions I provided the team and our guest designer: FEBRUARY - Artsy or Cutesy - Which way will you go? Feel free to do both. Cards should... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2015 at I am not left-handed
Maureen, I forget which videos from CHA I showed the dryer sheets. I may have been thinking of the Adirondack Chair video. In any case, here's the original Dryer Sheet video. If your die has an emboss feature it will emboss automatically while you're ejecting it with the dryer sheets. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCKaBy116v0
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Here is a card that I made for Joset van de Burgt, who is having her first baby this Spring. Joset designed the new Star Buddies peel-off stickers to perfectly match the Star Accordion album. This project is featured in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at I am not left-handed
Thanks Linda! The card itself is just the patterned paper - the main card is 6x9 and then two 4.5x6 panels for the seamless backers. The Tags Pivot Card die cut through two layers of patterned paper with no trouble at all. After making the card I decided that I wanted just the pivoting tags to be more of a solid pink rather than patterned, so I cut just the pivoting tags portion out of a sheet of pink patterned paper, snipped out just the set of 3 tags, and glued it over the tags portion. Hope this helps!
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My latest creation in my "famous cat" series of Whiskers the Cat cards is a Valentine I made for John. Once again I went to my stash of Funny Bones stamps for the greeting. I used the Tags Pivot Card... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2015 at I am not left-handed
Elexia this card was made with one of my very first pop-up dies, but it is now discontinued. You may be able to find one on eBay. There are three rubber bands inside the ball that make it pop-up. Some instructions and more samples are on this post if you end up locating a die: http://karenburniston.typepad.com/i_am_not_lefthanded/2013/10/monday-memories-pop-up-ball-die.html
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I am a huge fan of Funny Bones greeting stamps. They are hilarious! I've been waiting for the right inspiration to use the "action figure" stamp and had the idea to show Rocky the Crab hard at work on a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at I am not left-handed
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On Facebook this morning I received this challenge from my cousin Jessica: I challenge you to use Whiskers to create Grumpy Cat! I immediately replied "Challenge accepted!" and stopped working on new die designs for the much more important task... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2015 at I am not left-handed
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Congratulations to Diane, who was chosen by random draw as the winner of the January Secret Word Giveaway. Each month I send one newsletter (it's truly all I can manage, so rest assured that I won't be deluging you with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2015 at I am not left-handed
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Continuing on my quest to style the new Whiskers the Cat character as all the "famous cats", I bring today's offering, which is based on the famous Kit Cat clock. My clock doesn't have a swinging tail or moving eyes,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2015 at I am not left-handed
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It had to be done. A pop-up bathtub and a cat die in the same release? Clearly this begs for a Cat in the Hat card! I had a blast making this card to display in our CHA booth. (Click... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2015 at I am not left-handed
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In June 2013 I posted a picture tutorial for using wafer thin dies to emboss instead of cut. I used the Deco Labels Framelits in that tutorial, a die set that I designed for Stampin' Up! It ended up being... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2015 at I am not left-handed