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 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.


Saturday, February 11


Second week in February and although I did my card in time I totally forgot to post it on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog last night!  opps!

Tammy is hosting February and she said :

Hello everyone, and welcome to the second challenge for February!  Valentine's Day is approaching, and many take the opportunity to go out for a fancy dinner to celebrate!  So for this week's challenge, incorporate a food/dining/dishes-theme into your design, and also use the color red!

And here is my card :)

I used a Penny Black Owl for my main image.
This was mounted onto the Oval Pull Card from Karen Burniston 
I used it minus the optional arm
The Cupcakes are very old Penny Black stamps.

That's my card for today!


Saturday, February 4

Crazy 4 Challenges - C4C371

This February is Tammy's turn to choose the challenges and she said 

"Today my baby girl turns 20! Oh my, where has the time gone? In addition to turning 20, Kelsey will also be graduating from Vet Tech school later this month, and we're so proud of her! In honor of Kelsey today, please create a card with animals in your design."

Here is my card for the challenge and this card was made just for fun, with no-one in mind and I was just grabbing lots of different things close by and generally just having some fun.

Here is what I used :

Foxes from Hobby Art set
Grass Border is Marianne from Crafts U Love
Trees, Hello and Banner from Sizzix Sets 
Karen Burniston Lorna Label Pop It ups
Flowers Card-io

Sorry the photo is dark, its hard to take a picture at night time.

You can see all the other Crazies cards on the link TOP LEFT of my blog :)

I hope you like this card today.  Stay safe, storm Doris is blowing in tonight.  I was in my Crafty Palace earlier and the wind nearly took the door off!!  Its scary out there so I came in, sounds much safer in here that out in the wind with some giant leylandii swaying around me.  Eeek!!

Caz x

Sunday, January 29

Wooly Madness

I have been utterly enjoying my trip into Needle felting and I thought I would share a couple of more projects with you.

First up is Little Peggy my sleepy Tea Cup Mouse.
Such a cute little critter and I got the tutorial for it HERE

Next up is my sheep and I have struggled to think of a name
for her, it is a her and she is wearing a heart on her chest
to say "I love ewe".  I told Darren I would give her to him for Valentines, to which he said "What am I going to do with a felted sheep?"  I told him "Say thanks and then give it back!"  LOL

Lastly here is Barnabus Bear, this bear looks nothing like he was supposed to
but he turned out cute.

I do hope you have enjoyed looking at my Wooly Madness!
Until next time, I am off to stab some wool xx

(I purchase all my lovely core wool and natural wools and blends
from Fleece 4 Ewe - this is on Facebook  Tell her Caz sent ya!)


Saturday, January 28

Crazy 4 Challenges C4C370

Hello is Saturday again and that means challenge time.  This is my last Saturday for hosting and I wanted to send Thanks to Lynn for playing along with me this month :)  You can see Lynn's and all the other Crazies over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog.  The link is top left of my blog.

Today is Squirrel Appreciation Day!!  Would would have thought that eh?  I love squirrels and I wanted to celebrate with them, so I challenge the team to make a card with these fluffy creatures, or alternatively another critter of their choosing.

I used this adorable stamp from Lili of the Valley HERE
I love this design, in fact I love a lot of their designs and they are lovely to
 colour in.  I have used my watercolour pencils here.

For the inside the used the Karen Burniston 
Twist Circle Pop it Up die with a simple Happy Birthday message.

A simple but effective card :)  I do hope my Sister in Law Sue liked it.

Until next time, Happy Crafting.
Caz x

Saturday, January 21

Crazy 4 Challenge - Sketch Challenge C4C369

This week on the Crazy 4 Challenges its a sketch and this is the sketch that I designed.

And here is the card that I designed around that Sketch.

I used a stamp from a Penny Black set called Hearts Aplenty.
Darren my husband has been told to "look away" as I think
this may be his Valentines Day card :)

I also used an Elizabeth Craft Designs die called 

Lyn is my guest again and you can see her card over on the 
Crazy 4 Challenges blog, the link is TOP LEFT.

Until next time.  Keep on crafting!!

Caz xx

Friday, January 20

Furry Hugs

Hello, I am here with a card that I made for Create and Take today at Crafts U Love.  I love Penny Black and this is a new set from them.

The stamp set is called Furry Hugs
The frame that I mounted it onto is one from Find It Trading called

A simple card, but I enjoyed making it and the ladies who came along
today did too.


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

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.


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