Tuesday, February 9

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge day 2 - GLITTER

I am here with another blingtastic creation and if you see a lady walking about tomorrow in Redhill sparkling like Diamonds that will be me :)

Today I have made a flat card and used one of the new Karen Burniston stencils along with some white paste and glitter.

This card has so much sparkle but sadly my phone didnt want to pick it up very much

Items Used are :

Eiffel Tower Pop Stand Die
Medallion Stencil
White Stencil Paste
Glitter Mixes   read more about the mixes here   I used Lavender Ice and Diva
and also Silver on its own on the tower.
Just a note clear stamps from Karen Burniston
Josets Banners Elizabeth Craft Designs

Here you can see a bit more detail on the card.

I hope you have enjoyed my cards these past 2 days and I hope you check out the
other ladies on the teams cards.  They have all done a great job.

Until next time.
Caz x

Monday, February 8

Karen Burniston - Designer Challenge - GLITTER

Hi Crafters and I am here today with a new challenge from Karen Burniston and this month it is GLITTER!  Slightly earlier than normal in the month due to the fact the Karen is coming over to the UK in a few weeks!!  yes you heard right.  Karen is coming over to the NEC for a trade show and I will get to meet her when she is there.  YOU could get to meet her to at Crafts U Love in Charlwood Surrey as Karen has kindly agreed to come along to Crafts U Love for a demonstration day.  Saturday 20th Feb and you can see more about it HERE.

Elizabeth Craft Designs has the most gorgeous selection of super super fine, smooth glitter in lots of lovely colours and I used three different colours on this card today.

I call this card  BE Mine.  BE Happy..... Be.......  and you'll have to see the inside to see the next BE word! I made this with hubby in mind for Valentines and I thought a play on words would be funny with BAKER the Beaver taking centre stage inside the HEART PIVOT card.

I have tried to capture the glitter but it was really hard tonight, it is blowing a gale out
there tonight with storm "Imogen" hitting us and gusty rain hitting my Crafty Palace.  It was nice to be pugged up inside there all safe and warm (actually too hot) and watching my neighbours gazebo bouncing up and down, good job they have it tied down or else it might end up in Timbuktoo!

Here you can see the card opened out to see little Baker holding a silver glitter heart.

Materials Used :
Baker the Beaver - Karen Burniston - Crafts U Love
Heart Pivot Card - Karen Burniston - Crafts U Love
Alphabet - Elizabeth Craft Designs - Crafts U Love
Flower from Fitted Frames 5 Lace Circles - From ECD not currently stock at Crafts U Love
Red, Silver and White Silk Microfine glitters- ECD - Crafts U Love.

As usual please check out the links on the left of my blog for all my lovely DT friends and their amazing cards.  Its safe to say we will all be sparkling for the rest of the week with this challenge, but its fun and looks beautiful!

Sunday, February 7

Create & Takes

Here I am with a create and take from a couple of weeks ago.

 Sorry its late card made using the Woodware stamp called
Whimsical Flower Daisy May
Aww a sweet name, my cat is called Daisy Mae :)

The shaped card was made using the Marianne Label XL

Sorry the pictures are a bit rubbish, I never think to get better photos.

I will be back tomorrow with the first day of the Karen Burniston Designer Challenge day.

Caz x

Saturday, January 30

Crazy 4 Challenges - Final Week - Down Under

Its my final week for the Crazy 4 Challenges blog and this weeks theme is DOWN UNDER - Frances who kindly asked me to join lives in Australia and the reason she chose DOWN UNDER was as it was Australia Day the other day.  Of course we could have chosen anything DOWN UNDER, weather that be Australian or simply  DOWN UNDER in another way.  I chose down under the sea ;)

I have used a bunch of different things and I will list these below :

Karen Burniston's ROCKY THE CRAB

All items apart from Paper from Crafts U Love.

Really enjoyed being part of the challenge team for this month, but I really do not know how they do it continually.  Hats off to you ladies, you do an awesome job!

Here is the link so you can see what the other ladies have made this month.

See you soon!

Friday, January 29

Create and Take 29th Jan

I am here with today's Create and Take that we made this morning at Crafts U Love.

On the front of the card I used a Woodware Stamp set called Numbers
and a cute Rabbit from Memory Box.

Here you can see that I have used the New Hot Air Balloon from Karen Burniston
and use a rabbit from the same Memory Box set as the front called Tea Party

All the Karen Burniston dies are in stock at Crafts U Love.

Saturday, January 23

Crazy 4 challenges - "Pop"

Hi Crafters, 
Me again and this week's Crazy 4 Challenges challenge is "Pop".  Again we can interpret it how we wish and I almost use this Changito stamp from Stampendous for the Bubbles challenge but decided to go with the Penny Black mice and when I saw the challenge was called POP I realised that this could work for this week too.

Apparently the 19th January was National Popcorn Day, so let's add some 'POP' to our cards be it by creating a card that includes the theme popcorn; creating a Pop Up Card; just Popping up your image using foam tape or just adding a Pop of color to a black & white card.

I teamed the Changito stamp with KATIE LABEL PIVOT die from Karen Burniston
and the NEW RIBBONS 1 from Els Van De Burgt and Elizabeth Craft Designs.

The lovely paper was an old peice that I found in my stash and with all those circles
I thought they went well with the bubbles that Changito was blowing.

Simple sentiment Have a fun day was made using stamps from Marianne Designs.

All items from Crafts U Love apart from Changito stamps and paper which are older designs.

Check out the Crazy 4 Challenges blog HERE  to see what the ladies in the group
have made.  Almost the end of me with the C4C group and I have loved being part of the group for this past month.

Tuesday, January 19

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge - DAY 2 - NEW

Hi Friends

I am back with DAY 2 of the designer challenge and this time I have used the HANGING CHARM PULL TAB die to make this pretty heart card.  Another ingenious design from Karen that makes a WOW card and its the dies that do the hard work, you just have to choose what papers to use and how to decorate.  Karen has a great video here for you to look at.

Here is the front of the card.  lots of details here.
I have used Karen's New FLOWER STENCIL and paste for the front, along with the 
PULL CARD EDGES scallop die to make the ric rac.

Now I will let you into a little secret and I don't know about you but I am terrible
at pointing out the imperfections on my cards.  But the last step was for me to 
stick the pull card part onto the base card.  OPPS it was wonky... argh what to do, what to do.So I drew some purposely wiggly lines around the top and bottom that do a really good job in detracting from the centre part being slightly off.  PHEW

Here is the pull card in all its pull card glory!! WOW!  See I told you, a real WOW! card
and you can do that with these dies too :)

A bit closer and you can see the stencil also the stamp from the 
"Just a note" clear stamps.

The Stencils are new to Karen Burniston and great fun to use.

All materials are available from Elizabeth Craft Designs in the USA
or Crafts U Love in the UK.

Check out the links on the left hand side for all my talented DT friends.

Karen will be posting her blog post on Wednesday so check out her blog then.

Monday, January 18

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge - January NEW

This months challenge and a great theme being NEW.  As you know Karen Burniston via Elizabeth Craft Designs have released a whole new collection of dies at CHA and we can choose which ever dies we want to show off this month.

I have chosen the CUP POP STAND for my first card.  Tomorrows card yet undecided!! Typical last minute.com but I have been really trying to get ahead but just got too many things to fit in :)

Above is a bit closer to see the cup and spoon in all its glory.
The flower is an old paper flower had for YEARS!
The PERFECT TEA was a stamp that I have designed for my own use
and made with the MINT machine.

These pop stand cards fold out totally flat with the center piece standing up inside.
Makes for a real WOW!

Here you can see I used the Paris edges to create the look of a doily.

Last but not least here is the outside of the card,  I used Karens lovely
stamps You, me and Tea!  That is sooooo me!  I love my Cuppa
and whilst most will crave wine I love my cup of tea.

Here is the packing sample and as you can see it works perfectly well
 for coffee as well!

Here are all the stamps from the Set.

Check out all the talented DT members on the Links on the left and check out
Karen Burnistons blog on Wednesday for her post.

All items will be arriving at Crafts U Love in the UK soon.  I will post on blog when they are in stock.

Saturday, January 16

Crazy 4 Challenges - Sketch Challenge

Hi Crafters

Its me again for Crazy 4 Challenges Blog and today it is a sketch challenge.  I am really enjoying the challenges every week and I am trying to be more organised and not so last minute this year.  So far so good... well a tiny bit better than usual.

Above you can see the challenge sketch that I had to follow.  Of course this
is for inspiration and you can add your own sort of twists to it... least that what it what I have done.

I must say I am thrilled with how this card turned out.

The main image for this card is BAKER THE BEAVER... from Karen Burnison

Beaver I hear you say... ahh well BAKER THE BEAVER got a makeover and it so happens he makes FABULOUS squirrel too!

Super chuffed how he turned out. With scissors I cut his ears to a point, added a hand cut tail and used JOLLY THE MOUSE'S feet for my squirrel.

The base card was made using the large tag from Marianne Designs from their January release.   I folded a piece of card and made sure the cut edge was inside the edge so it would not cut and hence make a folded card.

The wood panels were done using square with a wood stamp from Marianne.
The Banner was also Marianne designs.

All materials from Crafts U Love
Baker will be coming into stock soon.

check out what the other ladies have made.

Sunday, January 10

Exciting crafty times - CHA

Unless you've been under a rock you'd have heard that CHA is underway in America right now.  All the biggest names in the Craft Industry are there showing off their new designs and tempting all the retailers in to purchase goodies in turn to tempt us mere crafting mortals :)

Karen Burniston unveiled her first LOOK BOOK and its FREE, yep a free E book that you can even print if you want to with 10 projects complete with step by steps - that's one for every one on her Designer Challenge Team and yep that means me too :)   Thrilled beyond words to be part of this Ebook and of course to be part of the Karen Burniston Team.

Doesn't it look beautiful and Karen did all the layout herself teaching herself a
whole new programme to get it done.  Karen is the most awesome hands on 
person, doesn't simply design and pass onto a swarm of people to promote for her 
and I think that is why I admire her so much.  So much of her love for the 
product goes into everything .

You can peruse the book easily on a computer, phone or tablet at this link: Pop it Ups Cardmaking Winter 2016 If you'd like to download the book so you can print it, choose the "Share" button and then choose "Download". Issuu also has a free mobile app if you prefer.

Also I was lucky enough, entirely by chance to hear a strange sound on my phone which told me I had a live Periscope Broadcast and it was Karen broadcasting LIVE from CHA.
This will remain online for just 24 hours from when it was broadcast, so its not that long left but the link to view Karen quickly take you around their booth is here.
It was exciting to hear Karen say "Oh there Stampingcaz" right at the beginning and to see fellow designer challenge friend Kelly Booth waving, It was live, I felt like I was there :)

As at 8;30am in UK it says it has 8 hours left on-line

Saturday, January 9

Crazy 4 Challenges "Bubbles"

Hi there
Second week on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog and this weeks theme is BUBBLES.  This could be bubble bath, blowing bubbles, well anything you associate with Bubbles.  I chose to use a cute Penny Black stamp set featuring two little mice sharing a "BUBBLY LEMONADE".

 Here you can see the cute little micey from the Penny Black stamp set called "Homemade"
For the main card base I used the Karen Burniston TAGS PIVOT die set which makes for a super simple WOW card.  I used the NEW Karen Burniston PULL CARD EDGES to make the RIC RAC.

The Tags Pivot is available from Crafts U Love at www.craftsulove.co,uk
and the PULL CARD EDGES is coming soon to Crafts U Love as this is a NEW RELEASE from
Karen Burniston that is being showcased at CHA this weekend.

Friday, January 8

Memory Jar

You may remember a little while ago I made the MAKING MEMORIES stamp and I said I would show you how I used it.  Not only have I recently used this in my Nieces 21st Album I of course used it on the Memory Jar.  I wrapped twine around the top and very simply decorated  with buttons and flowers I thought would go well with the decor in my front room. Which includes green, blue and pink.  I've got such a pretty new wallpaper in the room now thanks to my husband who hung the paper this past Christmas holiday.  Thanks Darren!  you are a keeper :)  Not least for hanging it but letting my have a really pretty wallpaper in the main room of downstairs.

The picture above is the AFTER with my tag and flowers :)

Here is the BEFORE and also my lovely lovely wallpaper ;)

So far 3 little memories to make me smile.  I can not wait to read all these on New Years eve in 2016, but first to make lots of memories!

Caz x


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