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.

Tuesday, July 14


I made this card using many of Karen  Burniston's new dies.  How many can you spot?

Sorry  for the brief posting.  I am on my phone.

Merry Christmouse

This was actually  the first card i made  with the new Karen Burniston  dies. Using JOLLY the mouse and the SLEIGH,Oh and I used the TREE too.

The dies are out 1st week August.

Are you excited to get them?

Karen Burniston - Designer Challenge - Homegrown Holidays =- Day 2

Its me day 2 and I am back with another card.  This one is for the one person in your life that maybe does secretly enjoy Christmas but you often joke that they might be a Christmas Humbug!

As soon as I saw this Woodware Stamp I knew I had to make it work with Snowball the sheep and on this card Snowball is NOT feeling the Christmas Love like the two happy characters on the front are.  Billy and Rudy (who has been slightly altered and looks to me like a calf) are happy its Christmas.  Snowball how ever is letter its true feeling show!

Excited for Christmas, William and Rudy wait behind their fence, surrounded by Snowflake Flowers, Snowflakes and Holly.

or should that be BAAAAA Humbug?!

I hope this card has given you a little smile for today, yes Christmas cards in July might seem 
made to some but to us crafters its perfectly normal isn't it?!

All the new Characters are shipping beginning August.

Monday, July 13

Karen Burniston July Designer Challenge - Homegrown Holidays

Hi Crafters and I am back again with another Designer Challenge and this months it is :)

Homegrown Holidays - here's your chance to celebrate Christmas (or other winter holiday) on the farm. Create a holiday card with a country feel, using any Pop it Ups dies including (but not limited to) the brand new Farm 2 and Merry & Bright. 

Today I have this simple FLAT (gasp yes you can do flat cards with Karen Burniston's die) and I have used four of the farm characters.  One from the new Farm 2 collection and 3 from the original collection too.  

I let the Bo Bunny paper send the message, with the pretty wreath and bow and 'Tis the season.

Here Snowball is trying to look like the wreath with her own bow in her hair!
She also looks like she has stolen Father Christmas' glasses.

Brownie is doing his best Reindeer impression, maybe hoping
that Father Christmas will take him along this year!

Only Virgil could look this dashing with this splendid mustache!

And lastly Cheepers is trying to see what all the kerfuffle is about and peeking around the corner.

Cheepers, Brown and Virgil are out now and in stock at Crafts U Love

Snowball and the Christmas Props will be shipping to stores very soon!!

I will be back tomorrow with another card to get you in the Festive Farmyard spirit!


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