Saturday, December 3

Crazy 4 Challenges - C4C365

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

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

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

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 

Saturday, November 12

Crazy 4 Challenges - C4C362

Hello, its Saturday again and this weeks challenge is :

"Stitches and thread add some for of sewing to your card. This could include machine stitching, faux stitching, dies that have stitches, sewing related stamps, dies, papers, buttons, threads, string etc."

I decided as I am rubbish at real sewing I would use some stamps and dies to meet the theme.
I used the Karen Burniston  RECTANGLE PULL CARD Pop it ups die set for the base card.

The stamped image is a Penny Black Stamp
Scissors are Marianne Designs
Spool and Pin are X Cut
The patchwork, I dusted off my zig zag scissors!!

I was pleased how this one turned out :)  

Sorry this is short and sweet but I only just remembered just before bed time that I
did not blog this card yet. 

Visit HERE to see all the other challenge cards 

Caz x

Monday, November 7

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge NOVEMBER Part 1

Hello Crafters and today I am here with the first November Challenge for the Karen Burniston Designer Challenge Team and today's challenge brought to you by Karen is....

NOV 8TH - "Hat Attack" - there are 8 different hat choices in the Props/Charms/Anita sets - use one (or more) on a card. 

I chosen the Santa Hat from Props 5 to make Jolly the Mouse into "Father Christmouse"  I do believe he is singing  "When Santa got stuck up the chimney".  Not to worry, maybe Bert will come and save him if that happens with his trust Chimney Brushes.  :)

Jolly looks rather fetching in Santa's hat, glasses and Mustache, but he left the beard at
home, said tickled his tummy.

The front is very understated, I do like to keep them simple, you'd really have no clue to the 
card inside and makes it more of a surprise.

And here is the centre of the card, I have used the 

Where possible I have linked Crafts U Love in the UK
otherwise I have linked directly to Elizabeth Craft Designs

Remember you can see all the other cards (and there are some amazing makes)
from the other ladies on Karens team on the link to the left of my blog.

Thanks for stopping by
Caz x

Saturday, November 5

Crazy 4 Challenges - C4C361

Hello and welcome to my first post for the November Crazy 4 Challenges and this month it is Maryann who is hostess for this month.

Her challenge is
"Who can resist fresh fruit in season, for me it's strawberries, so add some form of fruit to your card. Think of stamps, dies, papers or colours."

I fancied some colouring last night when I made this and I grabbed
one of my House Mouse Stamps that I have had for many years.

I teamed this stamp up with some bright papers and the Karen Burniston
this is still a firm favourite of mine from her collection and one of the simplest to use.
Perhaps that is why I grab it over and over again, its quick and easy but still a WOW card.

A feast of colour for your eyes and it looks like this little furry friend
has eaten rather too much!  Tummy Ache anyone?

I hope you liked my card for todays challenge.  

You can check out what my fellow Crazies have been up to HERE

Sunday, October 30

Butterfly Twist Circle Pop it ups

I made this card some time again for a work colleagues birthday but I forgot to share it for some reason so when I noticed it in my photos I thought it was too pretty to miss.

 I made this using the Karen Burniston
Twist Circle Pop it Up die, this is from Crafts U Love
and decorated with Butterflies from Karens Burniston also.

I yesterday taught a class at Crafts U Love using this die set and
we animated a snowman for a lovely Christmas card. 

Not the best photo but you get the idea :)

Saturday, October 29

Create and Take - Trick or Treat

This was yesterdays Create and Take at work and I gave them a choice of the Halloween or Christmas Treat bags.

The topper was made using the Marianne Designs BAG TOPPER BOW
and decorated using some Taylored Expressions stamps.

I was a bit worried that it would be a bit unbalanced with more people
choosing Christmas but we had a fair amount of ladies that chose the Halloween one as well
so I was happy about that.

Of course I included the sweet Treat  for them all :)

Crazy 4 Challenges - C4C360

Hello!! And its the last Saturday for my themes for the Crazy 4 Challenges blog and I would firstly like
to thank Heidi for being my guest and playing along with some lovely cards.

This last theme is October 29 – C4C360 In a name.... using your initials make a card using dies/stamps that start with your letters.

And here is my card, I have used a CAT stamp who is also in COSTUME

It was lovely to make a card tonight for fun, I have been working on Create and Take, Bats and Class this week, its been full on. So tonight was literally just for the challenge for fun.

You might need some sunglasses for this one!!
But it is everything that makes me happy in one card.

The stamp is an old Penny Black Design and the
Frame he is stamped on is the Karen Burniston, Labels and Circles die set.

Coloured with Distress Ink Pads. Decorated with a Prima Flower that I have had
for a long long time but hoarded :)

You can see all the other challenge cards HERE

Monday, October 24

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge Part 2 - Cards for boys

Hello, its the second of the months Designer Challenges and this challenge was picked by Summer and her choice was - "Boy oh Boy!" - think rough and tumble, boys will be boys, masculine or manly - no girls allowed! .

I admit this challenge sneaked up on me and I barely made it.  Then I suffered brain fog and just could not think of what to do.  Its been a busy weekend and its zapped my mojo!

However I managed this cute little "flat" card, proof that Karen Burnistons dies work just as well for flat creations as they do for the Pop it Ups! marvels we are used to creating.

I love the stencil feature on Cocoa to give him some cool shaded spots and I just used a sponge dauber and Distress Inks to add the extra colour.

This card measures 5 x 5 inches and I used some patterned paper with the 
Western Edges and Outdoor Edges to create hills and mountains.
The barbed wire was also created with Western Edges on silver Mirri card/
The dark blue paper to create a dark nights sky and used
Cocoa the horse, I thought, would look perfect on this scene
and I used the Western Stamps to create a signpost with the
Smile, Pardner!  phrase.

So even when your mojo does a wander, like Cocoa wandering "around
them there hills" you can still make a simple card, but non the less a simple
card that will still bring a smile to a little boys face, I am sure either one of my boys
would still enjoy this card.  I might just save this card and next time one of them
is feeling a bit down, I will send them a "smile" card :)  and see if it works.

Caz x


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