Saturday, January 14

Crazy 4 Challenges - C4C368 - New Home or Within the Home

Hello its Caz again and this week the challenge was : Today is organise your Home Day - Create a card suitable for NEW HOME or something within the home.

I chose to create a couple of gifts for my sons friends which they could display in their rooms.  He has a joint Birthday Party tomorrow.  These cute little chalk boards are great for jotting down reminders, play o's and x's or doodles.


I used papers from We R Memory Keepers and an awesome
die set called Pixelated from Neat & Tangled.
Just perfect for boys and pre teens/teens.


For for the girly one I used a Stampendous Stamp 
called Whisper Wall from Crafts U Love.

I do hope the recipients like these little gifts.

Check out the rest of the teams creations over on the c4c blog.
The link is top left.

Saturday, January 7

Crazy 4 Challenges C4C367 - Old Rock

Hello,
Its the First Crazy for challenges date for 2017 and this Month its my turn to choose the challenges for the month. Today is "Old Rock Day" The unofficial holiday the day that Geologists and amateur rock enthusiasts take it upon themselves to show their appreciation of all things fossilised and stony. Who would have guessed ?!

So for this challenge I said  "Create something to do with Rock. Could be a scene with mountains, Rock n Roll, Stone style Paper, A brick wall or a precious gem!"

For my card I used the Stone Paper from Elizabeth Craft Designs to create an old stone wall.  That was my starting point.  Oh, how very British I thought, so I added the Post Box from the Mouse Mail set from Reverse Confetti, again more Britishness, I thought to myself it needs some sheep to finish it off and I used SNOWBALL the sheep from KAREN BURNISTON.  Decided that Snowball wanted a friend and decided to throw in a different breed in as well :)

My good friend Lynn is my guest for this month and you can see her card on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog and on her blog.


My husband laughed when he saw this.  "Sheep" he said... I have over the Christmas period started playing with Needle Felting and since then
have been watch numerous videos about how to do it and been talking
all things Wooly!  I think he thinks I have gone mad :)
As as crafter it is fun to try other things, I will always be a Paper Crafter
Stamper and Die cutter. But this little diversion into Felt Craft is fun :)

And here, whilst I am posting about it I will share my first two attempts.


Until next time Crafters!! xx


Monday, December 26

Karen Burniston Designer challenge Part 2 - Party Animals

Firstly, Happy Christmas to you all. I hope you have had a lovely time and maybe Santa got you some new crafty goodies?  I have had a lovely couple of days with family, so much so I nearly lost a day! I thought today was Sunday and that I could make this card tomorrow!  eeeekkk!  Good job I realised with enough time to actually make it, and by the skin of my teeth I am indeed posting it on Monday.  PHEW.

Sandy Diller chose this months Challenge Theme and it was - "Party Animals" - use any of the Character dies for a card celebrating the New Year or anything else! 

These Designer Challenges are such fun to do.  Karen chooses the best themes and its been fun to mix up the Challenges with one of my fellow Designers picking a theme for the second part of the month and when thinking about these challenges and these wonderful woman that I have joined for month after month and I cant help but think "It's been AMAZING"  and that is where the inspiration for my card came.  

The fact that there are 10 characters are on the card and there are 10 of us is incidental, and I will let you all choose who is who :) 

So onto my card.  


The card had to be BIG to accommodate all the animals so I used a 12 x 8 card piece of cardstock and folded it in half.

I then used the Lots of Pops die and cut this 3 times into then card to createan array of platforms.  Then onto the fun part of cutting and decorating the characters.  First up we have Whiskers the cat, Honey Bear, Dutch the Fox, Hoppy the frog, Poppy the Owl, Buster the Dog, Snowball the Sheep, Lucky the Rabbit, Baker the Beaver and in top place Jinks the Monkey.

I used the pole and flags from the Lots of Pops set to hang some colourful flags.


You can see from the side how much dimension there is.  But it will still fold flat!

Please check out the links to the top left, where all my fellow Designers will show you their cards.  Tomorrow Karen will be posting her card to her blog so don't forget to hop on over there too.

Caz x






Monday, December 12

Karen Burniston December Pop it ups Designer Challenge

Hello Karen Burniston Fans and today I am taking part in the first of the December Challenges and this time the challenge is.

"All I want for Christmas" - use your all-time favorite Pop it Ups die (the one you would want for Christmas if you didn't already own it) for a holiday card. 

There are so many dies in the Pop it ups collection, it is hard to find a favourite, but we have had to choose one.My go to favourite is the Katie Pivot die.  One of the earliest from Karens line but one I grab time and time again.  The ease of use for this die is one reason.  But also I just love the design.

I decided to cut this twice into the 5" x 7" card as there was enough room. I had not done it before and it worked really well.



I admit to going a little crazy with the decorator dies and I did use
a stack of different ones.  To decorate the Pivot panels
I used the dies from the Katie Accordion die set for the larger one and the smaller one that has been stamped on is from the Katie Pivot set.

On the front I used the tree three times from the Holiday Charms
set and the Holiday stamps from Karen Burniston too.


On the inside I used Rudy the Reindeer, I will always remember
a trip to Knowle Park in Kent a few years back, we saw the most
beautiful white stag and I made a card with that style of deer before
and I enjoyed how it looked so I decided to do that again.

The heart was from the Heart Pivot set.
The parcels were hand cut but i used the bow from
the Evergreen Pivot die set.

You can find the links to the rest of the team on left on my blog, please do check out what they have made, there are some fabulous cards.  And Karen will post her card on Tuesday.



Saturday, December 10

Crazy 4 Challenges - December 10th - Sketch

Hello
Its the second challenge for December and this week Frances has chosen to revisit the Sketch Challenges of the past.  We could choose which one we wanted.


I went for C4C323 but flipped it a bit to make... and wait for it... my FIRST own Christmas card for this year!! Yep.. only just starting.


I teamed the sketch up with a Newtons Nook stamp. Adorable bear eh?

You can see all the other cards for this challenge on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog. HERE

This is the last challenge for this year to give us all a bit of time to catch up with
all the other stuff this time of year brings!  Oh and for me it will be making more
cards for my Christmas Wishes :)

Until Next time.

Caz x




Friday, December 9

Elizabeth Craft Designs - Wednesday With Post

I made a gift card holder over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog.  You can read all about it HERE.


There are full instructions for how I made it ;)



Thursday, December 8

Saturday, December 3

Crazy 4 Challenges - C4C365

Hello
I bowed out of last weeks challenge as I ran out of time, but wanted to make sure I didnt miss 2 weeks in a row.

This weeks challenge is STAR.  Frances was the lady to choose it and in her words I will let her explain.

STAR – Stars decorate our Christmas Trees and also helped show where Jesus was laying in his Manger all those many years ago. So for our challenge this week we are using the word ‘STAR’ – incorporate something starting with each of the letters in the word.

Here are a few suggestions to help you, but of course you are not limited to these ... Use your imagination! 

S = Santa; Sleigh; Stockings; Star; Snowman; Snowflakes; Snow; Sage; Saffron; Sapphire; Scarlet; Sepia; Silver; Square
T = Tree; Toy; Train; Tiger; Teddy; Teacher; Turkey; Triangle; Teal; Taupe; Turquoise
A = Arrow; Apple; Animals; Aqua; Apricot; Amber


R = Red; Reindeer; Rabbit; Rainbow; Rain; Rose; Ring; Rug; Round; Rectangle


On my card I have chosen :

S for SIGNS on the paper
T for the TORN paper
A for ANIMAL
R for ROPE/RIBBON

I dug out a very very old STAMPS BY JUDITH bear I brought many years
ago but was very pleasantly surprised that Stamps by Judith are still trading!  
WOW that is fantastic news.  So if you like this Griz Bear you can still purchase him.

The paper was new WRMK papers from Crafts U Love.

Please visit Crazy 4 Challenges blog to see the other designs that
the ladies have made for this challenge.

Monday, November 21

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge November Part 2 - Charmed

Hi Friends
I am back with the second Designer Challenges for November and this time its Karen A who has chosen the theme and it is :

"Charmed, I'm sure!" - use any of the charm dies for a card of any theme.

I wanted to use the main Hanging Charm Pull Tab card but I wanted to use it more as a mechanism
to make my Jinks the monkey stand up.  And I have used the Coffee Cup that comes with that same Hanging Charm Pull Tab die as a decorator die for Jinks.   Now a cup of coffee is lovely, but Jinks thinks Coffee and cake even better! and I have used the cake from the Props 8 die set and the Strawberry from the Cake Pop it Ups die set too. 



As well as the dies listed above I used the 

Here you can see I added a extra tab to the pull tab by folding the 
part that came out of the centre of the panel Jinks is standing in front of and stapling
this to the original pull tab.  Adding some decoration with the Coffe Bean Stamp.
I also used the Coffee Stencil pattern with some metallic rub on the sides of the 
Hanging Pull Tab Pop it ups die set.

You can see Karen Burnistons instructional video for the 
Hanging Charm Pull Tab card HERE

The rest of the team will be posting their cards over the day (monday) and Karen Burnistons Post will be Tuesday so be sure to check the links to the left on the blog.

Right... card made, I just need to choose who to send it to :)  Someone who likes cake!

Caz x
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Saturday, November 19

Crazy 4 Challenges - Sketch

Hello its Saturday and that means its Crazy 4 Challenges and this weeks challenge is a sketch.

Here is the Sketch that I was working from.


And here is my card


I used a stamp from Marianne Designs. Had fun with watercolour pencils
to colour the cat in and also decorate the oval background.

You can see the other Crazy 4 Challenges cards on the Blog HERE 





Wednesday, November 16

Marianne Pillow Box

Today on the Crafts U Love Blog I have posted a Marianne Pillow Box showcase.


Tonic Studios Dies and Marianne Pillow Box


Penny Black Stamped Design, Marianne Wreath and Marianne Pillow Box.

These are just 2 of the 5 designs I have made.  Check out the post HERE

Tuesday, November 15

Merry Kitty

Hello
I am here with a quick post to show the Create and Take that I made for work last Friday.


I don't think I need to tell you how much I love Penny Black so any excuse to make
a card using a Penny Black Cutie is taken.

The image was stamped with Black Versafine and coloured with distress inks.

For this card I used a Penny Black Stamp set called Santa's Helper
The words, border and snowflakes are from a Cut-ies stamp set called 
Little Presents and the shape that I nestled the cat onto is the Karen Burniston
Labels & Circles dies set.  I do love this shape, its big enough to stamp on and has 
just the right amount of shape and decoration to make it interesting.
The mini Envelope was also from CUT-IES 

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