Tuesday, December 16

Karen Burniston Challenge card Number 2 - December- Christmas

Hey bloggers and I am back with my second card for the designer challenge.

Now I know you are used to seeing some amazing things that Karen and the team do with Karen's dies. But this card is to show you how simple they can be, how simple does not need to be boring.  Simply pick a lovely patterned paper and use one of the pivot dies to take centre stage.

I have teamed the Katie label pivot with a cute Marianne stamp of a cuddling fox and owl.  By flipping the paper over and cutting strips you can easily make the inside and outside look great.  I added a metal heart charm and a simple punched circle.

I love traditional Christmas colours of Red and Green

So whether you want a simple card or to take on a more in depth card using one
of Karen Burnistons tutorials I think you will agree her dies make great cards.

All dies from Crafts U Love and the stamp too

Monday, December 15

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge - December -

Its that time again, Challenge time. And its been a massive challenge just getting the cards done this month!!  Christmas is such a busy busy time.  Anyhow, back to the post, this time round the theme Karen has given us is Pop it Ups for every month! The Design Team will be creating Pop It Ups cards to fill the calendar for a year.

We all chose a month or two and I left mine late and I have April and December.  Today's card is for April 1st April Fools Day.  Something I used to enjoy as a kid and I still enjoy watching the news for their trick stories.  Who can remember the Spaghetti Tree??

I admit to being a bit stumped as to what to do, and I started with google and I found this blog post HERE   On this blog the lady created these fun chalkboard cards which started the old brain cogs going and that was the start!

This is Hoppy and Hoppy always makes me smile.  A cute little guy to send an April Fools Greeting. But I think he has more than his good looks up his green little sleeves.

Firstly the card does not open the way it usually would and when you do open it you are greeted with this.

On the left you can see a greeting (from blog above) and on the right you can see
a piece of mirror card (this is the super clear type from Mr Holtz)
It is hard to read in this photo but it reads

"Its April 1st 
but you're no fool
This Note is to say
you are too cool"

You need to angle the card "just so" to read the text in the mirrored card.

I have used a stack of Karen Burniston/Elizabeth Craft Design dies 
The main image is the Katie Accordion and I have followed Karen's brilliant Tutorial showing you how to create a Landscape Accordion. 
 You can see the tutorial one my previous posting.

I also used the grass from the Pop Up Bench
The edges of the album have been trimmed using the Ring Frame Edge
Hat and Bow tie are from the Props 1 set
And the heart from Spiral Pull card.

I do hope you like my card.

I will be back tomorrow night with another card for the challenge, an easier one
this time for December and Christmas, this will be the FIRST Christmas
card I have actually made! Shocking isn't it?!

All Dies are from Crafts U Love

Thursday, November 27

Karen Burniston does it again!

With her ingenious way of making more out of your accordion albums.

Check out her you tube HERE

Annual Christmas Table

I am running my annual Christmas table tonight.  Hence I have been missing lately. Every spare minute making Snowmen, Reindeer and more.

Snowman Mints

Reindeer Poop

Snowman Soup

Sparkling Snowflake Lights

And a few Owl notepads.

I will add some more photos later of the table tonight

Tuesday, November 11

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge - Part 3

Here is my all white card.  I used Honey the bear all in white to make this lovely snowy bear and sat him on the Lucy Label pop up.

Its a very simple card.  A bit of cutting, a bit of embossing and like before I have used a die to emboss into the card instead of cutting.

Looking at it now I feel it needs some ribbon or something but its too late to add, I am cooking the kids their tea and then  it is parent evening so I really can not add later either.

Maybe another day I might just Jazz it up a little bit :)  Make it more interesting.

A closer look

Karen Burniston November Challenge, Part 2

Good Morning,

I'm here with my second card for the November Challenge.

I was shocked at how little blue paper and card I have, I guess its not in my normal colour radar.

I used the Katie Pivot card for this one and a cute Penny Black stamp set

I absolutely LOVE this pivot, if I could chose but one Karen Burniston die
to keep this would be the one.

If you look closely you can see the flowers from the All Seasons Tree has been embossed
down the side of the card.  To Do this use the black embossing mat under the die
and run through the Big Shot machine, instead of cutting it will just press the design into the card.

The bunting is a cute little stamp set from Marianne Designs and its only 99p!!

Happy Birthday stamp is a Taylored Expressions stamp from a set.

I'll be back later today with my WHITE card for the challenge

Sunday, November 9

Karen Burniston Challenge - November - Red, White or Blue

I am a day early with this one, but when you see my card you will know why I wanted to post it today.  

This months theme is Red, White or Blue.  Making cards/creations that are mainly one of those colours.

Here is the first card, I have so far made a red and white card and if I get a chance I will get a blue one done too.  Today being Remembrance Sunday  and seeing the beautiful poppies at the tower of London on the news, we've been seeing red poppies everywhere.  A very moving and beautiful sight.  Sadly didn't make it to see them in real life but I have had many friends that did.

On this card I used the Elizabeth Craft Designs/Karen Burniston Lucy Label 
pop up for the main stage.
Stamped onto that the Penny Black Poppy Fields.  This is an older design (2005)

I coloured most of the image in grey and gave a burst of colour
just colouring the one red one that he is holding.

With today in mind I am saying Thank you to all who gave so much
in order that we could all live our lives as we do now.

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. 
At the going down of the sun and in the morning. 
We will remember them
Laurence Binyon

Friday, November 7

Busy days

Its a busy time for me. Work is always busy with the run up to nec and I've been making a few little samples for their displays.   Then I always do a littke Christmas take at a local school.  Do no sooner had i finished for show i need to start for table.
Here are a couple of samples i made recently
The animal boxes are Taylored Expressions Sack its.  And the rest are Elizabeth Craft Designs and of course the very talented Karen Burniston designs.
All available from Crafts U Love

I saw a tag like this on the Elizabeth Designs Blog.  I believe it was 
one of the other amazingly talented designers that came up with this
tag book idea and I thought that it showcased the tags so well that I would get 
this made up.  Could I be able to remember who it was that made the original I would link it up.

A couple of other little projects that I made using the tags dies

And a bookmark  "read it, read it".

Sorry they are not great photos but it was all last minute rushing!!

Sunday, October 26

Busy times

It's busy this time of year for most crafters. Myself included.  I've been in my bat Cave again making my bats.  Picture attached and I am also planning a Christmas table at Harvey's school making snowman soup, reindeer soup and other bits and bobs.  Also getting ready at work for Nec. (Picture of board in progress)

Any of you do Christmas tables? What will you be making?

Caz x

Sunday, October 19

Crafts U Love - Part 2

Here are some more of the cards I made yesterday during the demo.

The above was made using the Penny Black stamp - A gift for you
Marianne Window
Elizabeth Craft Designs/Karen Burniston - Outdoor Edges
Poppy Stamps - Garland Die and the Taylored Expressions mini lights

Penny Black - Warm Wishes
Marianne - Snowy Window and Brick Embossing folder
other bits and bobs as above

Taylored Expressions - Ready, Set, Snow
Elizabeth Craft Designs - Stand up helper set 2
Memory Box - Precious stars

Penny Black - Together Die
Other bits and bobs as above cards

Hampton arts Penguins
other bits as above
Made the curtains buy concertina folding a piece of paper

Here is a group shot with a couple of cards I made with a tea
light placed inside.  I used the stand up helpers on the side to hold it open.

All items from www.craftsulove.co.uk 

Crafts u love Christmas Demo

Yesterday I had a lovely time at work.  Demonstrating during their Christmas event.  I Really do enjoy demonstrating and only get a couple of times a year to do it. So i make the most of it.  Lots of lovely customers cane along.  Lovely to see so many familiar faces. 

I Was demonstrating the Marianne Designs "snowy window" and used many things behind the window. 

Here above i used the marianne tree, Deep Red snowman stamp and memory box precious hearts.

This one is using the window, memory box precious hearts. And the Marianne brick embossing folder.   This cute snowman was made using Deep Red rubber stamps.

More to follow.

Monday, October 13

Octobers Karen Burniston Challenge

Wow where does time go?  Another challenge month is upon us and this months challenge was "Make it Manly! - cards for the men and boys in our lives."  I usually use humour and a cute image for most of my men's card.  I am not into the traditional men's cards with football or golf on, suppose I am for the right person but certainly my husband isn't really into any of those stereotypical types.

This month I have used the "Katie Label Accordion" die to make this two page card.  I also used the "Katie Frame Stars" too.  Teamed up with some funny Penny Black and Hampton Arts LOL stamps.
I would definitely send this to my husband!  He is 2 years older than me and I don't let him forget it.

I think also the colours can help with making a male card and I used Black and Kraft to make it look more masculine.

A little humour goes a long way!

I hope you like the card I made this month.
It was very much a last minute thing (opps I forgot) and I am pleased how it turned out.

All items are from Crafts U Love


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