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Karen Burniston
I am a paper crafter who specializes in pop-ups and interactive designs
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Our monthly no-pressure for-fun Paper Pros challenge has a theme of GREEN. This could only mean one thing . . . frogs! I decided on a 4.5" square side-fold card and the Twist Panel die set. I went stash diving... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2018 at I am not left-handed
Welcome to our March 2018 Designer Challenge with a theme of Coffee & Cake. I challenged the team and our guest designer to use either the Coffee Cup Pop-up or the Cake Pop-up for a card. For my card and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2018 at I am not left-handed
We are proud to be a sponsor of the Save the Crafty YouTubers Video Hop. A huge thanks to Justine Hovey for organizing this huge event. She explains it so well: "Our Save the YouTuber hop was put together in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at I am not left-handed
This Tuesday I'll be at Scrapp'n Savvy teaching two sessions of this card class. Both sessions are sold out, which is really very kind of all my regular students, who sign up for my classes without having any clue what... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2018 at I am not left-handed
Welcome to our February Designer Challenge with a theme of Castle! I challenged the team to incorporate the new Castle Pop-up die set into a project of any theme. For my project, I wanted to show an idea for using... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at I am not left-handed
Lucy, I sent you an e-mail, but I will reply here as well, in case anyone else is struggling with printing the PDF full size. When you send a file to the printer a print dialog box will come up. Before you hit "print" you need to find the section in that box that talks about sizing. PDF's always default to "fit" or "shrink to fit" and you'll need to uncheck that box or choose the one that says "actual size" or put "100%" in the custom size box. I don't know everyone's printers, but I know that all printers give you the option to print your file actual size. You just need to explain to the printer who is the boss! :)
NOTE: If you are reading this blog post in your e-mail because you subscribe to this blog, just know that I have been unable to figure out why the YouTube videos don't play in the e-mails. You have to click... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at I am not left-handed
And now for something completely different! Ha ha. Here's a quick video showing an idea for how to store your round blending foams underneath the large Distress Oxide ink pads with the velcro-side-up by making little storage trays to fit... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2018 at I am not left-handed
ACK! In good news, the new Winter 2018 dies start shipping out TOMORROW! Store orders have already been shipped, so you will see these dies showing up in your favorite local and online stores any day now. In bad news... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at I am not left-handed
Happy Tuesday! I'm plugging along on making assembly videos for the Winter 2018 Die Collection, which starts shipping this week. This new Cake die sports a classy hexagon shape, and thus the folds at the side of the cake which... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2018 at I am not left-handed
Just one week left until our Winter 2018 die release starts shipping. My goal is to have all of the assembly videos up before the dies ship and I'm plugging away on them. So far I've completed videos for the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2018 at I am not left-handed
In just two short weeks we will have 18 new die sets available at and at many of your favorite local and online retailers. Check them out in this preview video: We have also compiled a 2018 Digital Catalog... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2018 at I am not left-handed
For this week's Paper Pros challenge the theme was set by Frances Byrne as "Tag, you're it!" and we were all instructed to incorporate a tag element into our cards. I'd been wanting to make a Valentines version of my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2018 at I am not left-handed
Happy 2018 everyone! It's our first Designer Challenge of the new year and I chose a suitably celebratory theme: Birthday Banners. The idea is to make a birthday card incorporating banners, bunting, pennants, or flags. The team rocked the challenge... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2018 at I am not left-handed
Happy December and welcome to this month's Designer Challenge. I challenged the team to make a project in the theme of "Trees, please!" where they were challenged to incorporate any of the tree dies into a holiday-themed card. For my... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2017 at I am not left-handed
My office is REALLY messy. Like, take the biggest craft supply hoarding mess you can envision and then triple it. It's overwhelming to think about cleaning this office. There's just so much to go through. So much to purge. So... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at I am not left-handed
Happy Thanksgiving! (And to folks outside the US . . . Happy Thursday!) Today I'm sharing a fun adaptation of the Flower Pot Pop-up die into a clear cookie jar, filled with gingerbread people. My card measures 5x7 when folded.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2017 at I am not left-handed
Today is our monthly for fun Paper Pros challenge with a theme of Winter Birthday, which worked out perfectly with one of the cards I'm teaching this week. For tomorrow's class at Scrapp'n Savvy, we will be making three cards.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at I am not left-handed
Happy November and welcome to our monthly Designer Challenge! This month you're going to be treated to mouth-watering projects by the team. I challenged them to work some sort of Gingerbread element into their projects and, shall we say .... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at I am not left-handed
Hello you crafty crafters! Earlier this week I posted a fun pop-up snowman card made by combining pieces from the Katherine Label Pop-up die set and the Snowman Twist Circle die set. There have been some really great Katherine/Circle combinations... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at I am not left-handed
Welcome to this month's just for fun no pressure challenge with the Paper Pros. Caz Counsell set the theme this month as Holiday Cards. Before I share my card, let me take a moment to talk about craft idea inception.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at I am not left-handed
Happy October! For our Designer Challenge this month we are making Halloween Cards and you'll be very impressed with the cards from the team. Since I made a rather elaborate Halloween card last month for the Signature Style challenge, I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at I am not left-handed
Today is our monthly no-pressure just-for-fun challenge with the Paper Pros. The theme for this month is Halloween so I decided to make a 3-page Charm Accordion. I taught how to do this technique in a previous challenge HERE. I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at I am not left-handed
Welcome to our first Designer Challenge with our new Design Team! Each month I issue a challenge to the Design Team and they post their challenge card on their own blogs the first Tuesday of each month. The next day... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2017 at I am not left-handed
I'm pleased to introduce the 2017 Karen Burniston Design Team. These six ladies have been on my previous teams for years and I was thrilled that they were available to make the jump with me from licensed design to my... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2017 at I am not left-handed