Wednesday, March 4

A pretty card - wedding acceptance.

A friend asked me to make a special  wedding acceptance card for her.  Other then that the design was up to me.

Here is what i came up with.

I used the Karen Burniston  Heart Pivot to make  the main card.

Bit of a short  write up.  I've been meaning to put this on for a couple of days but just been so busy.  See you soon

Tuesday, February 10

Karen Burniston February Challenge - Cutesy or Artsy?

I'm back with the second day of the Karen Burniston February Challenge and I today I have made a "Cutesy" design.  I have hundreds of stamps and yes, new ones come out and you want to buy them all, but for this card I decided to dig through some really old designs and make the most of the space that the Rectangle Accordion brings.

The Rectangle Accordion really does pack a punch space wise and has a lovely
area to work on.

Instead of using any edges with this I simply cut the rectangle accordion
pages from cream card and then again using patterned paper.  I then cut out the
centres of the patterned paper and just used the frames to decorate and strengthen the cards.

For the front of the card I used the postage stamp die from the Rectangle Pull die
and some little flags from the Lots of Pops die too just to add another colour accent to it. I love the splash of blue among the pink.

All the Karen  Burniston dies are from Crafts U Love 

Other materials used :

House Mouse Stamps
Clearly Besotted stamps for the heart sprinkles and the 
heart cookie inside & all the words

Monday, February 9

Karen Burniston - February Challenge - Arty or Cute?

Hi Bloggers
Its that time of the month again and time to show off my latest creations for the Karen Burniston Designer Challenge and this months theme is : Artsy or Cutesy - Which way will you go?

I expect you all thought I would go Cutesy since that is what I love, But I do enjoy a challenge and wanted to see if I could do something that would pass as "Artsy".

I brought out a stack of older stamps, most of these are Penny Black and I teamed it up with the "Accordion Fancy Label" from Elizabeth Craft Designs and designed by Karen Burniston.
Lots of over stamping, a bit of distressing, an inspiring word, a crown and a sprinkle of chunky glitter.

Come back tomorrow for a squeeky cute card made using some of my 
favourite old house mouse stamps and another accordion die.

The new and older Karen Burniston dies are in stock at Crafts U Love

Sunday, February 8

Monkey Peel Off

I adore the new Star animal peel offs and I made this cute card using the black peel off from Elizabeth Craft Designs and the Star Accordion from Karen Burniston.

My son is wanting to kick me off the computer to do his homework so I wont waffle on.

All items from Crafts U Love.

Baby Animal Peel offs
Star Accordion
Palm Tree and Pail

Alphabet 1 caps  & Numbers and more

I will be back tomorrow for the first installment from the Designer Challenge for February

Monday, February 2

Spring Window Card

This past Fridays Create and Take at Crafts U Love was designed by myself again.  I used a Poppystamps die called "Small Madison Window".  You can get the rest of the details on the Crafts U Love blog today.

I hope you like today's card.  Looks like a lovely spring view, its so cold today
I could do with some spring warmth.

Monday, January 26

Crafts U Love - Create and Take - Woodware "Special Bird"

I helped out this week by designing the create and take at work.  I do love the Francoise Read Woodware designs and I do have a "thing" about birds.  You can find all the Woodware stamp designs HERE   I have many more on my "Wish List" and Woodware stamps are always such a good price too :)

A simple card with some paper piecing and colouring.  One of my favourite colours being Orange and worked well on this flower.

I also used the Marianne Banners set

You can see the complete posting on the Crafts U Love Blog

Saturday, January 24

Ebay items finishing soon

Link to my eBay on side bar. Just 4 hours  left. Some great bargains still. Pocket silhouettes, broadsheet  alphabet to name  just 2

Pre Order Karen Burniston now online

You can now pre order your dies at

Due in stock first week February. Has Rocky stolen  your heart?  Is Buster  about to burst into your crafty life or would you like to curl up with Whiskers?

Tuesday, January 20

Karen Burniston January Challenge - Day 2 - Rock(y) the boat

I am back with my second card for the January challenge,  I won't waffle much, I am doing this before I have to go to work.  I was so inspired by Donna Wrights Owl and Pussycat card I asked if she minded that I copy her making the bathtub into a boat idea and she said of course not.

Check out all the fabulous cards for this month on the links on the left and I will post a link to Karen's own post tomorrow when it is online.
On the inside of my card I have used :

Lots of Pops to be the base of my pop it up
Bathtub for the Boat
Pole from the Lots of Pops die set 
Beach edges for the waves & Palms
Shells and Crab from Rocky set
Label for words is from Lorna Label Pop up
Clouds from All Seasons Tree

I hand cut the sails

On the outside I used an array of stamps some of which are very old.

Stampendous Words and Scene
Elzybells fish on left
Amuse Fish on right

I sponged the ink to create a sunset scene.

I was really pleased how this card came out.  Rocky is such a fun character and it
was fun to pile on the different dies.  Of course if you didnt have all of these
I am sure you would be able to make it a bit simpler.

Monday, January 19

Meet Rocky the Crab..... Karen Burniston Star Accordion

You may have gathered that Mondays are my day off!! LOL

I get so much done on a Monday, after Sundays they are the best day of the week
for me, just a shame there aren't other Mondays in the week.

It usually consists of Housework, making appointments, waiting in for deliveries
or appoinments.  Also I manage blog posts and potter about.  Sometimes I even grab an hour
in the Palace.  Not today but its been a good day and I have got lots done.

I made this little 2 page Star Accordion showing off
Rocky the crab and made a little star fish using the star
from the star accordion.
Also on these pages I used :

Clouds from All Season tree - OUT NOW
Waves from Beach Edges - COMING SOON
Shell from Rocky Crab Character die
The lines die from the Star Fancy Frame Edges set

That is all for today.  I will be back tomorrow.

Don't forget Karen's dies will be available PRE ORDER
from Crafts U Love 

Taylored Expressions Sack it FROG

I love Taylored Expressions Sack it dies and as soon as I saw the frog I knew I must have it.   With the sack its, you purchased the original Sack it and then decorate it with additional dies. I got it when we went back to work after Christmas for my Christmas Pressie :)   I also brought the Hedgehog too.  I have in the past before Owls, collected both Frogs and Hedgehogs.  First it was the Frogs and then Hedgehogs.  I still love all three :)  I will try and make the Hedgehog this week.

These would be perfect for party boxes for a Princess party.  Would look super cute with a bow on her head, or a bow tie for a male one.  Lots of ideas.

They are in stock at Crafts U Love. 

Karen Burniston January Challenge - Woof

Hi crafty friends
Me again.. I know, nothing for ages and then lots of cards!

I am back with the January Karen Burniston Designer Challenge and for this month our challenge was to combine dies from 3 different categories.  We have lots to choose from...  Character Dies, Accordions, Pull Cards, Pop it ups, Pop Stands, Pivots, Accessories and Edges.

On this one card I have used parts from many of these categories.  I will list them at the end.

I have used Buster on the Rectangle Pull Card and you may notice that Buster has been "restyled" using the same technique that Karen Burniston used in this blog post.

I have also used and I will list them
Star border from the Happy Birthday Pop Up!
Tag from the Tag Pivot card
Star from the Star Accordion
Bone & Paw from the Props 4 set
Alphabet is from Elizabeth Craft Designs and coming soon too

Here you can see the inside Pop up mechanism that comes with the Rectangle Pull 
card.  Once you open the card it will pop up whatever you stick on the inside.
A great animation for your card.


I have shot this little video to show how the card works.
It was fun trying to hold my phone in my teeth and shoot this!! LOL

All dies will be pre order from Crafts U Love soon.

I will be back tomorrow with another card.  In the meantime, here is a little tiny
snippet at what it is.


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