Monday, June 15, 2015

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge - What's in a Name?

Hi all! Today I'm sharing a card I made for this month's Karen Burniston Designer Challenge. The June theme is 'What's in a Name?' Each of the designers had to create a card using at least two dies that matched their initials. Fun! I chose to use the All Seasons Tree and House Pivot Card dies.

While playing with the House Pivot Card die last year, trying to make the house 3D, I happened upon another way to use it. By chopping off the roof and adding a back and feet, I could turn it into a little planter box! Graphic 45's Botanical Tea paper was perfect for filling it up.

Here's a quick look at how I made it:

Start by cutting a piece of cardstock to 11" x 5.5" and fold in half. With the card folded, align the peak of the House Pivot Card die on the fold as shown, and cut.

Open the card and reverse the house fold so that it's coming toward you. Trim off the peak of the house. Cut another house using the same technique. Trim it from the card, keeping the outer two pickets to use as tabs. Add adhesive to the tabs and attach to the back side of the house, creating a box.

Add supports to adhere pop-up elements, as shown. I ended up changing my card colors to what you see above. After cutting the house from pink cardstock, I cut the house out two more times from white and cut the fence and house away from the card, then adhered it over the pink fence and box.

I used the poles from the Lots of Pops die set as feet, and the barn door trim from the new Barn die to dress up my planter. Along the bottom I added a border cut using the grass die from the Outdoor Edges die set. To fill the box, I fussy cut a lot of flowers and leaves from Graphic 45's Botanical Tea papers. Finally, I added tiny blue flowers that were cut using the flower die from the All Seasons Tree die set.

How pretty is that?! Now that I've made a garden planter, I am excited to try other things in a box! :)

All the supplies I used can be found at Elizabeth Craft Designs and Simon Says Stamp via the links below.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Special thanks for Raquel Mason for inspiring the alternate house die cutting technique, and Donna Wright for inspiring me to use the barn door trim in a very unique way!

Make sure you check out the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog on Wednesday for another incredible tutorial from Karen!


  1. Wow Wow!!!!!! I can't wait to try this you are so smart!!!!! Xo

  2. shelley love both cards...Graphic 45 collections are so wonderful and you made both cards show case out of this world...have to tour your blog again...

  3. Such a brilliant idea and oh sooooo gorgeous! Hugs, Rita

  4. Shelly you are so creative. This is gorgeous.

  5. Thank you for sharing. Absolutely Stunning.

  6. Spectacular! Thanks for the inspiration and sharing.

  7. beeeeee-utiful!!! very clever and so lovely Shelly. I pinned this one too lol.

  8. Oh wow how beautiful is this!! x


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