Monday, September 28

Peas and Carrots- Card just for fun

I made this card the other week using the COMING SOON Lucky Rabbit die from Karen Burniston/Elizabeth Craft Designs.  The whole card came about from the delightful carrot that comes included with Lucky which got my thinking of the cute stamp I had with the Forrest Gump saying  "we go together like peas and carrots".  Which I say to my long suffering husband Darren :)  awwww

I also used the Flourish Gift Frame to make a lovely frame for the card and matches the new Gift Card accordion perfectly.  You will love this mini release!

I might keep this card for him and when I am after more crafty stash send
him a sloppy card :)  Do you think that might work?

I will let you all know just as soon as these are in stock at
Crafts U Love and other retailers.

Tuesday, September 15

Day 2 - September Challenge

I am back with my second card for the challenge.  Celebrate and Frame Edges.

For this card I used the new and coming soon Rabbit from Karen Burniston... Introducing Lucky the Rabbit!
Gift Card Accordion and an amazing all in one Flourish Gift Frame that is used like a Regular Frame Edge but is is one die cut and works beautifully as a standalone die too.

Now excuse me if this is short, but I am currently sitting on a chair with my legs off the floor!! Literally...  September is the "S" month... those eight legged freaks are out to torment me and one just legged it across the room and its still at large so I am keen to go to bed (typing this the night before the post will show)  Unsure I can get up the stairs as the freak it out in the hallway.  So as my legs so to sleep from lack of blood I will quickly show you my card.

I have also used the new Props basket and turn it into a cake!!

Sorry the inside photo is so bad. 

This bunny is adorable and good for any occasion!

Coming soon to a retailer near you.

And I really must dash.. my legs are dead!

Monday, September 14

Karen Burniston September Challenge

Hello there, 

Its challenge time again!! Where on earth does the time go?

This month's challenge is Celebrate! - interpret the theme however you want. Any type of joyful card meant to celebrate an accomplishment, milestone, birthday, new baby, etc. - also please incorporate any of the Frame Edges as an added twist. 

I admit to wanting to play with Jolly the mouse so kind of designed the whole card around him.  I cut him first and from then decided that I would use the CIRCLE ACCORDION and Edges that reminded me of cheese!!  I also used the plain edger with some lovely blue spotty paper.

Aww  looks like Jolly wants to celebrate with his favourite cheese and has hung
out the cheese bunting to celebrate!

Spots galore!!  Spotted edger die and spotty paper.  Hey if you want to hang cheese
out for your birthday Jolly is saying "Celebrate your way".  Personally I would prefer
some snickers or spicy mix up crisps!

Squeeek!!  Much excitement abound with Jolly the mouse not realising 
what a party is it inside!

I will be back tomorrow with a new card and maybe a new die or two.  Would you like that?

As usual leaving everything until the last minute.  When will I ever learn?

Until tomorrow

Caz xx

Friday, September 11

A wedding card

Hi Friends,
Its been a while, again I start the blog with an apology.  Its been hectic with schools on holiday, visits from ITV and BBC  (more about that below)  Make lots of things but some of which I've not been able to show until I get the nod.  Or I just forgot. To be honest I am constantly juggling and the little time I do get to make cards I do just that, I make them and I forget to post, but I really should make an effort.

I made this card a few weeks ago but forgot to post before now so I thought whilst I had a few minutes where everyone is busy else where I would post this card.  Harveys out with a friend, hes 12 now and every moment possible his is hanging out with friends.  Caiden is upstairs on his X Box and Darren is down the pub having a quick beer before coming home.

I should of taken some better photos but I was trying to get this made
 for a friend.  I have used the Rectangle Accordion, Agatha Edges and Pivot Heart together.
I decorated with some Stampin Up! stamps, distress Inks and the lovely Minc Machine
using the gold Foil.

Really very pleased how this turned out as it is not my usual style.

Just about getting back to normal since the kids have gone back.
Harvey is in year 8 and Caiden in year 5.  I can not believe how quick these
school years go.  Here are some photos of my boys.  Looking so grown up!

Exciting things have been happening in my Crafty Palace and I made have
made a few of you choke on your teas the other night when me and my Crafty
Palace were on BBC1 on the One Show.  If you would like to watch it I will paste the link for you.

The piece is about mid way.  I was only on for about a minute but would you believe
they were filming for almost 4 hours!!  Two lovely guys from BBC  Keaton and Dave the cameraman.They made the whole experience fun and tried to make a very nervous me feel a bit calmer.  If you fancy a laugh and a little peek into my palace click the link.

Keaton and Dave crammed into my shed!

Hey there's a cameraman in my shed!!

So I will leave you now, Caiden has now come downstairs and wants the PC.
Peace is shattered!!  And I need to get the dinner in the oven.  Jacket Spuds.  Nom Nom

I'll be back VERY SOON with a NEW die!!

Caz xx

Sunday, August 30

More minc

Super simple minc card made using computer generated graphics and words and shows you there is no waste as i used  the negative for the second panel.

Minc machines from  they are in stock with free postage this weekend. ☺

Saturday, August 29

Minc cards

A simple card made using the minc machine, Heidi Swapp flowers  and computer generated words.

Tuesday, August 25

C4C300 Crazy for Challenges - Ride the Wind

Hello and today is a first for a VERY long time, but hopefully not the last.  I decided I wanted to join in a few challenges and I have joined the Crazy For Challenges C4C300 with this Cats Pajamas stamp.  I love these rabbits!  Such fun.  I teamed this stamp up with the Karen Burniston/Elizabeth Craft Designs Spiral Circle Pull Die but I decided not to use the spiral part so its just a Circle Pull Card.  The inside is just more clouds so I didn't photograph that but, but when I am ready to send this to someone I will add the greeting inside.

I also use the foliage from the Karen Burnison All Season tree to make the clouds.  I use
this die all the time for clouds.

The Karen Burniston Dies can be purchased from Crafts U Love
The stamp is from my stash so you'll have to try and source it yourself.

So I hope you have enjoyed my first challenge card of this year!!  I might be back with another one soon if my mojo can keep up.

These past weeks its been school holidays, which mostly have involved juggling the boys
between me and my Mum.  What would I do without her?    Anyway, Harvey has got massively into Warhammer and I have really enjoyed helping him paint some models too.  I love that it gets him off the gadgets, the creative side of building and painting and then the social
side of going to Warhammer store to play.  There is a lot of reading and counting involved too
so its all good for many reasons.

Here's Harvey painting this morning, look at the concentration!

And here is the Orc that I painted

It looks better in real life, they are so small and so hard to get a good photo as you can see the details.  But I am enjoying the painting a lot!  As they say "A change is as good as a rest".  

I'll be back soon with another post, this time showing off some of the Minc
projects I made.

Caz xx

Sunday, August 23

Long time

Hey bloggers. Apologies,  its been a busy time. Crafts u love demo then onto summer hols. Just seems  to be one thing  after another.  ITV came  this week to film me in the Crafty Palace!  for the Lorraine Show. Air date tba... seems  my Palace just draws people in.. and as much as I hate to see it hear  myself I just thought you know what, Just do it  life's too short its a bit of fun and I'd like to say fortune but unfortunately not! LOL

Anyway here is a card I made for my brothers birthday which was Monday which I was so annoyed  as I left his card at home and still haven't managed to get it round since.   Also sending my brother healing hugs as he broke 2 ribs on the Wednesday and spent 2 nights in the local hospital so all in all not a great birthday week for him.

Here on the outside of the card I have used the 
MFT TV, Joy Crafts Glitter Washi Tape and decorated with
my newest toy, the Minc Machine which I created the foiled
NEWSFLASH with the Holographic Foil
All Items from Crafts U Love

Here on the inside of the card I used the Karen Burniston Lucy Label Pop Up
together with the Elizabeth Craft Balloon and again created the wording
It's Time to Celebrate and ALMOST the BIG one! for the inside with my PC
and blinged it up with my Minc machine.
Again all items from Crafs U Love

I love the Karen Burniston/Elizabeth Crafts Pop it Up dies when you
want something a little different and the Lucy Label pop up is a very easy
but effective die to create cards with a bit more interest.

I had a demonstration yesterday using my Minc machine so I will be back soon
with some more cards.  Also a lovely (If I dont say so myself) Vintage Wedding card, once I have the nod that it is ok to share.

Toodle pip!

Tuesday, August 11

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge August part 2


I am back with day two of the Karen Burniston Designer Challenge for August and here is my second Inspired Creation.

Here is are the amazing cards I was inspired by.  Both by Shelly Hickox and both marvellous creations that really got my brain ticking :)

I LOVED the Steampunked Poppy the Owl and I wanted to use that.

But I also loved Shelly's amazing Tunnel card that she made using the Accordion Die.
So I set about making a card using both these elements.

Shelly has a full tutorial for the Tunnel card HERE

Here you can see some of how the tunnel card looks, mine does not open up as much as I glued the "you are awesome" inside and it means it doesn't open as much but still 
has some depth.

Here is the front of my Tunnel card.  I used the Rectangle Accordion, Gears and clock from the clock set and Poppy the Owl.  Its not as grungy as Shelly's masterpieces, but that is pure Shelly style, she does that so well. Mine is a bit more sedated Steampunk but I must say I was impressed when Caiden saw my card he exclaimed he liked my "Steampunk Owl". 

Rectangle Accordion, Poppy and the Clock can be purchased from Crafts U Love

Please take time to look around the blogs listed top left they are the awesome ladies
in the Karen Burniston Designer Challenge Team.

Caz x

Monday, August 10

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge - August - Inspired Creations


This months challenge is : Inspired Creations - we've all been blown away by each others work month after month and here's your chance to show a fellow teammate how much they've inspired you. Pick any project from any Designer Challenge going back to the beginning and use it as inspiration for a new card. You could be inspired by a technique, a color scheme, a combination of dies - anything.

Being this this Design Team is one of the most inspiring ones I know and I know that I look at my fellow teamies work in awe and admiration for the work they do.  The biggest challenge here was to choose what I would use for my inspiration and to be honest I think I am challenging myself extra to try and continue this challenge through out the year as there is nothing wrong with using someones talents to kick start your mojo or just give an idea.

First up I have chosen Helen Cryer's amazing Accordion and Tag combo card.  She has used the most amazing colours and Buster the Dog, Whiskers the cat for hers.  I chose the die combo to showcase this amazing mix but styled it in my own way using some of the new Farm 2 Collection.

This is Helen's amazing card :)

I love every thing about this!  You can see Helen's original post HERE

So for the front of the card you can see that I have used Cocoa the Horse
onto the Oval Accordion which has been used as a stand alone panel and not as an accordion.  I have decorated with the Hay from Hey there and the Fence and cloud edgers too.  I was a bit miffed that i messed up the colours and I got blue background which made the clouds blue  (opps)  but i'd already gone too far in to worry to change it :)  

For the centre I have used the Tag Pivot and decorated that with the Tag pivot decorative dies
and again the Hey there set as well.

For the last panel I have more or less used the same as the first panel, but this time decorated
it will William the Goat.

I really enjoyed making this card.  And I must remember to use this combo more often.
This just proves that the Karen Burniston Pivot Dies and Accordion dies can work
so well together.  

I will be back tomorrow with another card that I was inspired to make.

Crafts U Love have these dies in stock NOW and for now and I am not sure how
long the Newest arrivals from Karen Burniston are at a 
fabulous Introductory price.
Check them out HERE


Thursday, August 6

Crafts U Love 9th Birthday

I thought i would share a few posts with some of the demo cards i made at Crafts U Love a couple of weekends ago.

I used the beautiful Ombre ink pads and  some lovely  Hero Arts stamps.

I also used some Joy glitter washi tape.

All items are from Crafts U Love

Monday, July 20

Teachers Thank yous

This year I only had to make Caidens teachers gifts as they don't do things like this for Secondary school.

I decided yet again on an old favourite, personalised Note Books.  I figure as a teacher or teaching assistant they must need to make a lot of notes.

First up is Mrs Cooper who teachers Caidens class Monday to Wednesday.
I used the Craft Asylum/Sizzix Fox for this.

Next up are the 2 ta's who have Poppy the very cute owl from
Karen Burniston/Elizabeth Craft Designs.

And lastly for Mr Robinson who teaches the class Thursday and Friday I used
this Penny Black stamp.  Mr Robinson is leaving to take "THE KNOWLEDGE"
so I thought this taxi and London roads and Personalised street sign to fit the bill.

I really enjoyed making these books and I hope the teachers enjoy receiving them.


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