Tuesday, June 13

Paper Pros June Challenge - Masculine Birthday Cards

Hello Crafters
I am back with another Paper Pros Challenge and this month Shelly chose "Masculine Birthday Cards ". 

Of course I am still excited to be playing with the KB Riley Dies that I purchased the other month and slowly but surely ticking off all the dies. 

This card was made using the Popular "Twist Panel Pop Up"
which is on PRE ORDER at Crafts U Love HERE
there is currently a Discount on all Pre Orders so get ordering now
as there are some fantastic savings.
Also you can get this one from www.karenburniston.com 
I have decorated the top and bottom of the card with the Nature Edges
This set of 3 border dies will be used time and time again I can feel it.

I have to admit to cutting the background paper first, it was masculine
in theme and colour but I had no clue where I was going with this card
and it nearly ended up in the bin.  True to form LAST MINUTE.com
I was only making this last night, the night before the deadline! LOL
And whilst it is a "Relaxed" challenge in that it is just friends 
who are creating to a theme, I really wanted to make a card
last night so it made sense to stick with it.

This card shape is very popular and Karen did devise a way last year to make one using another one of her dies.  Whilst this and also cutting your own works, oh my! it is a faff I really could do without and using this die set is so simple.  Also the fact you get decorator dies to finish it off it really is a no brainer!  Look at the height and dimension on this card and yep it will fit in an envelope.

So having made the card I didn't know what to decorate the panels with, sitting there in front of me on my wooden stamp unit I saw this plane I thought it would be perfect to use.  I did not worry too much that the plane is not stamped perfectly spaced across the panels you can get the general idea and it works really well.

I coloured most of it in with the Nuvo Aqua Flow brushes, I adore these to colour with.  HERE  and stamped onto this paper HERE its a nice weight to colour and die cuts lovely too.

I do hope that you have liked looking at my card today.
Hope to be back soon.
Happy Crafting
Caz x

Wednesday, June 7

Karen Burniston KB Riley - Cupcake Pop Up

I am back again with another one of the NEW Karen Burniston dies. Could not wait to play with another one.

This time I have used the Cupcake Pop Up to create a card for my son Caiden who is 11 next week.  He is 11 (how the heck that happen) on Thursday but he is on School Journey and will be away from home :(   We are celebrating his birthday early this Sunday so I needed to get a card done sooner rather than later.

Caiden loves cakes!  (who doesn't) so I had to think for just a nano second to which die set I would use.  Karen Burniston Cupcake Pop Up from Crafts U Love in the UK or www.Karenburniston.com for America.

To make it cute I added some face stamps from Peachy Keen Stamps and some fun Googly eyes.

For the front I kept it simple with just the sentiment and hearts echoed on the front too.

I do hope that you have enjoyed looking at my card today.

I am off to my shed to make another!  Now which die to choose next.

Until next time.

Sunday, June 4

New Karen Burniston Dies from KB Riley

When I heard that Karen Burniston had start a new company in Cahoots with Riley & Company I knew I had to place an order.  Not only is Karen an amazing die creator, 3d paper engineering genius, she is a good friend and I wish her and her new venture massive luck and I am behind her all the way, waving the Karen Burniston Flag!  

I have loved Karen's dies for many years as she has transitioned from Sizzix to Elizabeth Craft Designs and I think her dies just get better and better.  So much hard work and thought has gone into these designs and its not just that, she is not one to create and die and leave you figuring how on earth to make it, oh no. There are videos for all of her interactive dies so you can see exactly how to make it.  I have lost count of the dies I have purchased elsewhere that contain next to NO instructions and a video that although punchy and fun to look at you have to rewind umpteen times to watch the main instruction again again.   

For this card, and it was a special one for my Mum I used for the "Main Attraction" the new CHARM ACCORDION DIE SET
link takes you to Karen Burniston.com but they are on PRE ORDER

So grab them at the lower prices while you can.

This die set includes 11 Dies including 5 Charms to hang.

Unlike previous Accordions you can make a 2 page card in a single pass
for the main pages as additional pages are added on using the cute little hinge dies.  The two moving pages that we are used to joining together now get joined together with the cute little hanging charm frame in between.

Decorating the pages I had to use the Adorable Fox from the
Woodland Animals set.  It's so adorable!
and finally, no birthday card is complete without a Birthday Cake and I used the smaller of the two from the 

Here is the video to show you how to assemble.

I hope you are as excited as me to see Karen Burniston back.

 I will be back with another card real soon, I have Caiden's Birthday coming up so I need to get a wiggle on making that one.  And I know just the die set I am going to use for my Cake Loving Son!

Sunday, May 21

Don't Forget! Crafty Car Boot today!

Rusper Car Boot sale - 11 to 3.30

Just google RUSPER CAR BOOT for all the info.

Stamps from 50p!

Tuesday, May 16

Crafty Car Boot Sunday 21st May

I am having a Rubber Stamp car boot on Sunday 21st May.  There are hundreds of Rubber Stamps to purchase in many many themes.  Stamps will be priced to go at just a few pounds being the dearest of them.    There are also some dies at greatly reduced prices.

Why the sale you ask?  I am not giving up stamping, oh no, its my blood!  But I do have hundreds and hundreds of stamps that I have collected in over 25 years. That is a heck of a lot of stamps that have not seen the light of day for many moons.  I want to share the love for Rubber Stamping by giving the buyers some awesome bargains and then use the pennies for garden improvements, more craft stash and Needle Felting stash too!

Why are car boot?  Sadly I do not have the time to list all this stuff on Ebay.  It take mega time to make very little money what with paypal & Ebay fees.  Also lost in post items means I lose out twice, I lose my items and I have to refund the money :(   By having a car boot people can come along, choose a stamp, pay and go away with some mega bargains.  I can also have by appointment people come along to look at them here in Redhill, Surrey.

Car Boot is at Rusper near Horsham.  I decided that even though this is quite far away from me it makes it more central to Crawley, Horsham and other places. Just over half hour drive from where I live.  Also it is not a crazy early boot sale, they let the sellers set up without people diving in their boots!!

The details of the sale are HERE   YOU MUST CHECK on the morning that the sale is on that it is actually going ahead.  It is in an open field so it is weather dependent.

I have flowers, animals, words, you name it!   I will probably be doing a few of these as I cant see my little car taking all that I have to sell so I will post further dates.

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, May 9

Paper Pros May Challenge

Hello!! Its been a while again, but I am here with our Paper Pro's Challenge and this month I thought I would be really clever and make the theme "Few of our favourite things" and I thought it would be easy, but when you like so many things it makes choosing tricky!

So here is my card.

And here is a list of my Favourite things.

First up ACCORDION Dies from Karen Burniston.  Amazing dies as accordions but I also love to cut the centres out and these make amazing frames. And on this particular one it has the stitched design around the edges which I love, so I drew through it with a black pen.

Penny Black stamps, namely Margaret Sherry's Designs - these were my first love when I started stamping, probably over 25 years ago!!

Banners I love banners and bunting dies and stamps and I have used here the Lawn Fawn ones.

Lastly on this card I used the Nuvo Aqua Flow brushes from Tonic and I LOVE these.  The colour is so intense but you can use a regular waterbrush and some nice watercolour card to colour in.  These are my new best friends.

The rest of the ladies on the Paper Pros group have been busy making cards.  Remember this is a no stress challenge we do as friends so not everyone will take part every month :)  But it was so much fun not to miss.

Tuesday, April 11

Paper Pros April Challenge

A card!!   Its been a long time, I have been cardmaking but it has been for work rather than fun.  I am here with a challenge card for the Paper Pro's team, who are the same wonderful inspiring ladies that made up the Karen Burniston Designer Challenge Team.  We had such fun on this team and we could not bare to part ways so we chose to do a "just for fun" challenge, its monthly, but there is no pressure if we cant make the date, life happens!

So this theme was FLOWERS, BUTTERFLIES AND/OR SPRING BLOOMS on your project?

And I chose Butterflies, with a smattering of flowers too.

Here in the inside you can see the I have decorated the Pivot Butterflies
with yellow card, hard to tell but this has been embossed and I have 
applied some Tonic Studios Nuvo Mousse in a pale yellow.

The bunting stamp was inked the Cracked Pistachio Oxide Ink.

The front is a echo of the inside, the same beautiful  Butterfly, some punched flowers, buttons, silver tape and Nuvo Crystal Drops in Apple Green and Caribbean Ocean.

This card could be used for so many occasions and so many different colour ways, but inspired by the yellow of Spring for the colours.

Saturday, March 11

144 Twinkling H20's for sale


Grab a bargain!!

Tuesday, March 7

Needle Felted Fox

Hello and I do hope you don't mind my "non cardmaking" posts.  I guess I will find out how many unsubscribe for that answer!!   

As you know for Christmas I treated myself to a little needle felting kit and I have fallen totally and utterly for it.  Since Christmas I have been selling lots of older stamps and dies and getting money for my felting stash and I am a wee bit addicted to "fluff".   Part of my Ebay fund was spent on a couple of kits, one of which was the Lincolnshire Fenn Crafts Fox Kit.

I finally got around to making it and I am pleased how it come out.  Still lots to learn and I would love to find a class to go to but failing that there are people out there like Sandy from Lincolnshire Fenn Crafts who take the hard work out of it and make these lovely kits.  Everything you need to make one complete animal, very detailed instructions jam packed with photos, a sponge, needles, beads and of course wool... literally Everything you need to complete the project.

Caiden decided that this fox was called Freddy :)

A funny story about where Freddy is sitting for the above photo.  This morning in the pot behind him was a lump of leather off an older armchair we have broken
up to take the dump.  Our "real" Foxes decided to bury this piece of 
leather along side my spring flowers!  
Needless to say the leather has been rehomed in a rubbish bag.

What a beautiful day to be a fox!

I can not wait to get started on my Hare and Cat kits from 

If you are remotely tempted to try needle felting I would have a 
look at their designs :)  and tell them Caz sent ya for some Wooly fun!

Saturday, March 4

Crazy 4 Challenges - C4C375

According to the Days of the Year web site, Thursday 2nd March was World Book Day. For our challenge this week take your inspiration for making your card from a book … adults or children’s book whatever you prefer.

I made this card for today's Create & Take at work and I thought it fitted the book
"The Dressmaker" by Rosalie Ham.

I admit I have not read this book, I think I would enjoy it but I do fancy the film
I have no clue why?!

I have used the GORGEOUS Penny Black stamp "Sew Much Fun"

You can see all the cards that the other Crazy4challenges team have made

Saturday, February 18

Crazy 4 Challenge C4C373

Its challenge time again over at the Crazy 4 Challenges blog and this week it is a sketch.

Here is the sketch and here is my take on the sketch.

I decided that I wanted to play with Poppy the Owl
from Karen Burniston HERE
I also used a few things that were lying close to hand such as the Sizzix tree that
I used as branch, and the Sizzix Cloud at the bottom of the page.

A simple card, but sometimes simple is good eh?

You can see all the other designs on their blogs
LINKS TOP LEFT to the Crazy 4 Challenges blog.

Until next time!

Tuesday, February 14

Paper Pros Challenge 001

Welcome to a NEW challenge for me. 

 This is the Paper Pros Challenge and it is Challenge Number 001! 
 What or who are Paper Pros?... well we are a group of Crafting Friends, brought together by our love for the Karen Burniston Products and we formed the Karen Burniston Designer Challenge Team.  Now firm friends and firm crafters we all decided with the Karen Burniston Design Team without our challenges we wanted to keep ourselves busy with Monthly challenges.  Just for fun, anything goes product wise and just to be part of a team, together creating and hopefully inspiring you all still!  Thrilled that our "Team Leader" Karen Burniston wanted to play with us too!! And Karen is joining in.

Summer was the lady to kick our challenge into the start line and her challenge is :

How about shaking it up? --- a challenge all about shaking... Whether a 

shaker card or action wobbler... Just a whole lotta shaking going on

Now me being last minute dot.com I had to make some Valentine gifts.
A little choccy box for 4 special people.

I used the Tonic Studios Gesture Box this cute
little box is big enough to hold a small chocolate.  Such as a
ferrero rocher But for Valentines I popped some chocolate hearts.
The image was stamped with a Taylored Expressions Grumplings set
and I mounted the circle onto a concertina of card to create a "Wobble" platform.

You can see the rest of the teams creations on their blogs :

I am not sure if all are playing along every week, we are doing 
it as a kind of relaxed thing.  No stress just fun!!

I hope you enjoy seeing us back together.



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