Monday, March 23, 2015

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge - Make 'em Laugh!

Hi all! Today I'm sharing my card for Karen Burniston's March challenge. The theme is 'Make 'em Laugh' and these stamps from Funny Bones definitely made me laugh! I was lucky enough to have a chance to visit Stamper's, Ink in Kansas City a couple months ago. Not only was I excited to visit a real life stamp store - I knew it would also be my chance to find the perfect stamp for this challenge, since they are the owners of the Funny Bones line of stamps. Honestly, the hardest part of this challenge was choosing a stamp. They are all hilarious!

This challenge actually started another new obsession: coloring. I have always been intimidated by coloring, but I knew I would have to color this woman stamp. I practiced a bit with my friend, Cyndi's, copics and then bit the bullet and bought Spectrum Noir markers. And then I bought more, and more, and more. I'm still a total novice, but I'm having fun!

To make my card, I first cut two panels from black cardstock using the Fancy Label Accordion die. Next, I used the same die to cut two more panels from Graphic 45's Typography paper. I mixed and matched the papers and adhered them to the black base card. The woman was stamped, colored, cut out and adhered to the card with foam dots. I stamped the sentiment on manila cardstock, cut it into strips and adhered it to the card. The small images were fussy cut from the G45 paper. I used one of the frames from Karen's Fancy Frame Edges to decorate the front.

(By the way, if you're a fan of my previous cards using Karen's old Sizzix 3D Accordion die (like this Love card, or my Time Machine steampunk birthday card), this is the pefect replacement for it, since it's no longer being made.)

The supplies I used can be found at Inspiration Emporium and Simon Says Stamp via the links below. Remember you can use my coupon code - stamptramp - at IE to save 10% on your order! The stamps I used can be found online (Burning Bridges & Wondering Midge), or at Stamper's, Ink.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Make sure you check out the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog on Wednesday for another great tutorial from Karen, plus tons of hilarious inspiration from the team!


  1. Great card shelly, I can see why it makes you laugh. You did great with the coloring and I am sure you will have it all mastered no time.

  2. I love this! I definitely made me laugh and I love the colors and G45 paper.

  3. FABULOUS card, Shelly!! Your coloring on the woman is Perfect!! The sentiment--HILARIOUS!! Just wonderful through and through!! XOXO-Shari

  4. BAHHAHAHAHAA!!!! Definitely had me laughing!!! LOVe her and the paper!

  5. That is so good, I smiled at the front cover and then laughed out loud when I read the inside! Too true, isn't it? Great card, thanks so much for sharing.


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